Happy Friday! Today's guest post is written by Ani who was a competitive youth swimmer and saw CrossFit as a way to improve her times in the pool. Check out her post!
At the age of 5 I began swimming competitively, by 10 I was traveling to competitions, by 13 I was competing nationally and by 16 internationally. The totality of my daily workouts included; 2 hour morning practice, 4 hour afternoon practice and 1 hour in the gym (dryland).
My six variables for success: Flexibility, strength, technique, consistency, nutrition and rest.
One area I was always lacking in was my strength…I had none. Unfortunately the other variables could only get me so far. Most of the time, during my dryland workouts, I was the girl on the treadmill, power walking and talking to my friends about high school problems (i.e. boys, homework, friends, family, etc). I put absolutely no value on my time in the gym, I thought it was pointless, that is until I joined CrossFit 818.
Not only have I seen improvement in my stroke, but after two years having quit swimming, I am fast approaching my best times that I had hit at the peak of my swimming career. Crossfit not only inspired me to get back into competitive swimming, but it has brought me to a level that I have never seen before. CrossFit renewed my passion for competition and with its focus on strength training, has given me the ability and confidence to pursue my dreams and end up on one of the most sought after podiums in the world.
Wish me luck!
Throwback Friday: Ani during practice at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center.
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