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September 26, 2013

Haverhill's own national champ

Local woman excels in gymnastics


”I got into personal training because I love to help people and it seemed to be a natural fit from being a gymnast,” she said. “I originally retired from gymnastics in college in order to have time to start my business, but then got back into gymnastics a few years later, once I learned that there are meets for adults, too.”

She said gymnastics is a fun hobby.

”I tried other things like golf, yoga and running, but never fell in love with them like I did with gymnastics,” she said. “There is a huge time commitment to be a good gymnast, but I’m willing to do that now because I know one day my body won’t be able to take it anymore.”

In addition to 13 hours a week of gymnastics training, plus weight training and cardio to improve her fitness level, she does yoga three hours a week and in between some extra stretching and physical therapy at home to stay in shape and be free of major injuries.

It sounds like a lot, she said, but luckily her work schedule is flexible since she owns her own company.

”I have trained myself to stretch and do simple exercises while in front of the TV or computer in order to multi-task,” she said. “I like to take time on the weekends or during lunch hour to spend with my husband, but other than that I’m pretty much always either working or working out.”

She said gymnastics helps her better focus in areas of her life so that she is more productive while working and more engaged when socializing.

”It keeps me out of trouble for sure,” she said, jokingly.

This is the fourth year she’s competed in the national events.

”There is no qualifying score to make it to nationals because there aren’t enough adult gymnasts to have to limit the field, however, in the future there probably will be a qualifying score because adult gymnastics is growing each year,” she said.

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