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Real Chalk  — Orthorexia & Fitness Addiction w/ Erin Monson  — 38

Erin Monson is one of my in-house coaches at CHALK in Orange County California. She is an amazing athlete and a true specimen to look at it. In fact, I don’t think I have ever seen a single person in my life walk by her and not either stare or take a double take. She’s a beautiful woman no doubt and her body is one of a kind. However, beneath the surface is an addiction. Since I have met Erin, she has continually become more and more strict on her eating consumption, workout schedule, sleep schedule, and her availability of free time. To the point where several people have reached out in concern including her family.

Although she admits that this is something that has gone on for years, this is the first time in her life where she willingly admits it and is starting to take the necessary steps to become, “normal.”

In this episode, I have the pleasure of being able to talk to her about her problems for the first time and actually hear her side of everything. The effect it has had on her social life, relationships, family, and her own body. We dive into what orthorexia is and how popular it actually is in our space. As well as fitness addiction and the toll it can take on your body, especially a female.

More about Erin:

Erin played tennis at the University of Utah on a full-ride scholarship and as an All-Conference singles and doubles player, and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She started Crossfit in 2013 and fell in love instantly. “I have always been very passionate about health and fitness. As a young girl, I would read articles about nutritious foods and make them for my school lunch, then I would come up with home workouts to do when I got home from tennis so I could be stronger and more fit. Being an extremely competitive person, Crossfit became the perfect transition after competitive tennis ended.”

Since moving to California and working at CHALK as a trainer, Erin has created quite the online business for herself. Creating custom meal plans and workout routines for thousands of people around the world. She is slowly but surely making a name for herself in the industry and backing it with tons of passion. For anyone who knows her, there is no doubt that she loves what she does.

Bonus fact: She is an arcade basketball SHARK (where she remains undefeated and dares anyone to try to beat her 😉


– Ryan

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