To The Athlete Trying To Get Fit Again, Let Your Doubts Fuel You

To The Athlete Trying To Get Fit Again, Let Your Doubts Fuel You

The pressure of fitness, losing it all, and finding the strength to get it back


Something strange that binds all seven BILLION of us together on this planet is that we cannot avoid adversity and struggle. It simply is a fact of life that comes slamming into every single human being and frankly most species on earth. I, myself, have had my fair share of this, leading to cutting corners in other parts of my life to care for the one that is struggling.

By saying you are an athlete, you are collectively adding yourself to an elite group of physically superior individuals. When you are a college athlete, that group is put upon you. I was a walk-on, so in every way, I chose this.

I am a rower; through and through. I love the sport. the elegance and grace of 8 bodies moving as one. The tenacity of pulling for dear life. The inability to quit once you have started.

With rowing, numbers are the biggest factor in determining wins and losses. Erg scores, 2k times, and 0.01-second victories are all examples of the race to beat the time. There is so much pressure in being the strongest, most enduring athlete because it feels good to have a personal best, but it feels even better when you think about pulling strong for everyone else as well.

With hard times, there come hard decisions. This year I paused on my rowing career to focus on school and other things that needed work. Knowing that rowing would always be there for me, I worked hard and dealt with life. Returning to the team at the late of the season was tough, but gave me hope, nonetheless.

The only catch... I'm way out of shape.

I have lost 2 years of hard work, and now I am going to make up for it in the 2 months I have before we begin our fall season.

To the athlete trying to get fit again, know that your efforts are not unnoticed by your coaches, and your successes come in how far you have come personally.

Here's to the summers of salads and sweaty sports bras, watching others divulge in ice cream.

Here's to all the workouts that you once missed, making them up to redeem yourself.

Here's to the willingness to fight back against your body that has gone weak. For you are not weak, and you prove that every single day you put in work.

Here's to the workouts in an empty gym where no one is watching.

Here's to the fine tuning on technique and precision in your efforts.

Here's to the champion within and the champion you are working for on the water, court, or field.

Do it for the reasons you claim to be an athlete and prove who you really are to everyone who doubts you, including yourself.

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28 Of The Hottest Female Athletes Alive

If you need some summer body motivation, here you go.

This list of smokin' hot women are a bunch of badass beauties who are insanely fit and 100% goals for girls everywhere! Warning: The following pictures might cause heat stroke, dehydration, and/or serious jealousy.

1. Ronda Rousey - UFC Fighter

2, Lauren Sesselmann - Soccer

3. Whitney Miller - Wake Surfer/Former Miss USA

4. Jennie Finch - Softball

5. Eugenie Bouchard - Tennis

6. Alex Morgan - Soccer

7. Danica Patrick - NASCAR

8. Maria Sharapova - Tennis

9. Misty May-Treanor - Volleyball

10. Ellen Hoog - Field Hockey

11. Hope Solo - Soccer

12. Alana Blanchard - Surfer

13. Camila Giorgi - Tennis

14. Ali Krieger - Soccer

15. Silje Norendal - Snowboarder

16. Gracie Gold - Figure Skater

18. Amanda Beard - Swimmer

19. Shawn Johnson - Gymnastics

20. Beatriz Recari - Golf

21. Stephanie Rice - Swimmer

22. Blair O'Neal - Golf

23. Jennifer Lacy - Basketball

24. Alicia Sacramone - Gymnastics

25. Rachel Wray - MMA

26. Laisa Andrioli - Soccer

27. Taylor Pischke - Volleyball

28. Jessica Washington - Basketball

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.


On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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