A staple of our ‘Get Lit, Stay Lit’ young athlete group, Dominic Ervin is our Athlete of the Month! Dom is seen in our CrossFit classes as well as the Dungeon, where he is busy refining his Olympic Lifts for his next competition. Read onwards for more of his story!
You spend a lot of time developing and working on your Olympic lifts, how do you balance CrossFit as well? Do you do any additional conditioning outside of CrossFit to maintain your lungs?
I have a very tight schedule every week, between going to school full time, my three jobs, and my training for my upcoming competition in December. I try to work on different mechanics and skills after I train my lifts. Balancing CrossFit in my routine is very difficult at the moment, but I try to throw it in there 2-3 times a week if I can. If I can’t fit CrossFit into my schedule, I’ll go to my other gym after work (at 9pm) with my brother and do all of my accessory work. I’ll also hop on the treadmill for a half hour and do various speed intervals.
You’ve made recent changes in your nutrition and how you perform. What encouraged you to do that? Do you have any tips for others who are trying to cut weight? What have you found that allows you to stick to your diet?
In February of last year, I decided I wanted to get into shape. I weighed 235 pounds during my first year of college. I knew I was going to be playing baseball for Delaware County Community College and I was not in good shape for college baseball especially being a pitcher. I also had a weight loss competition at my work going on at the time. I was hitting my other gym every day for 2 hours just lifting and doing some cardio. I started meal prepping my lunches for school with chicken, rice and veggies while also switching between steak. This worked out for me while I lost 20 pounds in 3 months. I then won the contest at my work. My tips for others is to work your hardest and it will come to you. Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight as we all wish it would. You have to put in the work to see the results. I’ve found that making my food every Sunday night for the week helps me stick to my diet. I label my bowls to count all of the macros so I can log it into MyFitnessPal. If you don’t have that app I recommend that you get it now.
Tell us about your friend Justin and his role in your journey..?
After I lost the 20 pounds I decided I wanted to push myself even further. I’ve known my boy J Money Marriott since 6th grade. Justin and I used to be the big kids on the basketball team and baseball team. I knew Justin lost a lot of weight with CrossFit so I told him I wanted to try it. I came in on a hot day during May and did the intro workout with kettlebells and burpees and I wanted to die. From that day on I was hooked! I had Justin sign me up and I started doing CrossFit everyday. I went on to lose more weight but also gained strength. I was squatting more than I was able to at 190 pounds from what I could do when I was 235 pounds. This made me like CrossFit even more even though I was scaling about 90% of the workouts.
I did the partner snatch/clean/deadlift climb with Justin in July of 2017 and that is when I got into Olympic lifting. I started going to Barbell Club (slide if you’re tryna get strong) every Wednesday and Saturday while also working on my technique before and after CrossFit classes. So shout out to Justin for getting me to become a Olympic lifting athlete!
What has been your proudest fitness accomplishment?
I’ll give you one for CrossFit and one for Oly lifting. So for my Crossfit accomplishment it’s the fact that I never saw myself as being able to do any of the workouts that I’ve seen people doing before I started doing CrossFit. Once I started, with tons of practice I am able to do about all of the ‘RX’ movements. The one thing that I struggle with still are the double unders. I prove that white men can’t jump haha!
With my lifts I am hoping to be snatching 200+ by December. I recently just hit a 190 block snatch at about 180 pounds. If you are tryna get strong, give my boy J Money a call and he’ll give you that top of the line programming.
Do you have a favorite workout? What is your least favorite workout?
My favorite workout would have to be Murph. Although it is a very tough workout, it keeps you moving for a long period of time and it pushed me way past my limits. Never would I have thought that I’d be able to do a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and another mile run in a weighted vest. My body hurts just talking about it!
My least favorite workout is anything with double unders.
Outside of CrossFit and oly lifting, do you have any other hobbies?
My hobbies outside of the gym include hanging out with my friends, sleeping, eating, playing baseball, and taking long walks on the beach with my girlfriend.
You’re still in college? What is your major? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Yes, I am technically in my 3rd year of college but I’m my second year with my current major. I’m a Early Childhood Education Major at DCCC. I will be transferring to West Chester University next fall. In 10 years, I hope to be a 3rd to 5th grade teacher. My passion to be a teacher is to make sure every child gets a great education and to better themselves in and out of the classroom.
What is one thing that people might not know about you?
One thing that people don’t know about me is that I have a big fish tank with 10 fish, 2 turtles in a turtle tank, and 3 hermit crabs in another tank.