Positive Mental Strength With Olympic Skier Rowan Cheshire

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We caught up with Olympic Skier Rowan Cheshire to talk about mental strength, meditation techniques and positive goal setting.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Excitement for a new day, to train, achieve the goals I’ve set and to better myself in new ways.

What does your daily fitness training involve?
I spend a lot of time abroad training so when I’m away I’ll ski in the morning, which is normally from 8:30am – 1pm. After that I have have lunch and then hit the gym in the evening for a session. In my gym sessions I normally alternate between strength training and recovery sessions (cardio and mobility work).

When you’re training for an event such as the Olympic Games, what foods do you tend to include in your diet?
I try to always have a balanced diet but when its high training periods my ‘go to meal’ would be stir fry veg (lots of greens), with a protein which is normal fish (salmon is my favourite) and a form of complex carb, I go for quinoa or sweet potato. Porridge with fruit and seeds is a go to for breakfast as well as it’s a great source of energy before I train.

If you could offer our readers 5 mindset techniques to help them stay on course to achieve their goals?
1. To meditate daily, preferably in the morning. The app headspace is great.

2. Having a morning and evening routine really helps me stay on track and going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.

3. Deal with failure/mistakes differently – everyone fails and its not the be all and end all.Treat each mistake as a new learning experience and the next time will be different with your new found knowledge.

4. Trying to better yourself, gaining new skills and educating yourself; whether it’s on something you’re interested in or something that’ll help you with your goal.

5. Set challenges for yourself (be competitive with yourself).

How do you incorporate movement into your everyday routine?
I try and do active stretching everyday as well as some form of exercise session, whether that be strength, recovery, gymnastics or jui-jitsu (which I’ve got into recently).

What does 2019 hold in store for you?
September 2018 I will be launching my personal training plans, so in 2019 I hope to create more fitness material to help people get healthy, strong and find a love for fitness.

I will be also be competing in world cups and training all year so I hope that I reach some of my goals for competition results and progression in my skiing. To continue my personal fitness journey and continue to push myself and get out of my comfort zone.

More about Rowan…
Team GB freestyle skier Rowan Cheshire burst onto the international scene in 2014, when she became the first British woman to win a Halfpipe Gold medal at World Cup level at only 18 years old. In the process, she quickly established herself as one of the most exciting prospects across all Winter sport. Still only 21, Rowan is widely regarded to be the future face of British Winter Sport, as she looks to become the first British skier ever to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

Since making history as a teenager, Rowan has firmly established herself as Britain’s number 1 halfpipe skier, competing on the international circuit and was a strong medal contender for the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014. However, an unfortunate fall during training just a few days before left her with a concussion and she was forced to retire from the competition.

This setback only made Rowan more determined to achieve her goal and since then, after a brief stint working as a model, she has continued to compete on the international circuit and achieved multiple top 4 finishes.

Rowan qualified for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games where she qualified for the halfpipe final. With a strong performance, Rowan placed 7th in the 2018 Winter Olympic halfpipe final.

Follow Rowan over on Instagram @rowancheshire