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- Larisa Morales, "the girl who walks on water", is a young Mexican woman who practices wakeboarding and recently started as a professional in the sport while studying at the University of Pennsylvania
- Describe your routine during the season and off-season:
- Share your best tips for those who want to get in shape:
- How do you stay motivated to achieve your physical goals, and what advice would you give to all those who want to achieve their goals?
- Describe the diet you follow during the season:
- What are your pre-session / pre-competition rituals and routines?
- How has your exercise routine changed since you entered college?
- Which athletes inspire you?
- Share some of your goals for 2017:
Larisa Morales, "the girl who walks on water", is a young Mexican woman who practices wakeboarding and recently started as a professional in the sport while studying at the University of Pennsylvania
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Larisa began to practice wakeboarding at the age of six thanks to her brother, Héctor, who took her to her first session.
Larisa's talents have earned her recognition at the IWWF World Cup in China (The International Ski Federation and Wakeboard World Cup), at the Pan American Games and at the WWA World Wakeboard Championships.
Larisa shares her career plans, routine, and tips for keeping aspiring athletes fit.
Describe your routine during the season and off-season:
During championship season, I spend most of my time training in the water and doing 14 wakeboarding sessions after the boat once a week. Once the sun goes down, I focus on training out of the water, specifically cycling for cardio, toning my torso and doing mobility exercises. Before going to sleep, I try to do yoga and stretch to avoid feeling sore the next morning.
Out of season, the cold can be a factor that prevents wakeboarding, so I only do four sets a week. I continue with my cardio, torso toning and mobility routine, but I also focus on the strength of my legs, my back and my arms so as not to feel weak when I start the season again.
Share your best tips for those who want to get in shape:
Stay active daily. Our ancestors didn't need to go to the gym to stay fit, but they weren't sitting or in bed all day either. I do squat jumps every time I go upstairs to my bedroom.
Plan ahead. If you leave it to chance, you will not exercise. Commit to your goals beforehand. For example, agree with a friend, and don't let that friend cancel.
How do you stay motivated to achieve your physical goals, and what advice would you give to all those who want to achieve their goals?
I think positive encouragement is important. The more exercise you do, the more rested and energized you will feel. This keeps me wanting to exercise. I would also recommend that you incorporate your physical goals into your daily calendar, just as you do for work or class. If they start to get out of the routine, they will feel stressed because their body is adjusting to a healthier lifestyle. Use that stress to focus on your goal again!
Describe the diet you follow during the season:
Right now I am training in Xul-ha, a beautiful lagoon in Mexico where everything that is consumed is local. I start my day drinking water or tea and eating a small banana. Then, after our first set, we return for breakfast, which consists of eggs with spinach. Before meeting my friends for the tour, I drink a can of Sugarfree Red Bull. For lunch, I eat a salad made with lettuce, carrots and blueberries, and locally sourced meat or fish. In the afternoon, I eat an apple with peanut butter. Dinner is light, and I usually make myself a salad or eggs with ham, but occasionally, I reward myself with one or two quesadillas.
What are your pre-session / pre-competition rituals and routines?
I try to stay consistent both in the pre-session and in the pre-competition. The more similar my competition is to my training, the more confident I will feel. For warm-up, I perform jumps, squats, and movements with my arms. I drink a can of Red Bull 30 minutes before diving. The extra energy allows me to enhance big moves on my wakeboard and helps me focus to really do my best in those 3-4 minutes when I'm in the water. I also enjoy lying on the dock, closing my eyes, and visualizing my ride.
How has your exercise routine changed since you entered college?
Surprisingly, my exercise routine has improved since I entered the University of Pennsylvania. I live on campus and I walk everywhere, and I live on the fourth floor, so I have to climb stairs. We have multiple gyms on campus and in the dorms. It is so practical, I spend more time exercising now, and the variety of activities I can do are many. One day I will practice cycling instead of swimming, or I will play basketball with my friends instead of going to the gym. I'm not very good at basketball, but it still makes me sweat, haha.
Which athletes inspire you?
I had the opportunity to live with Dallas Friday, a pioneer in women's wakeboarding, before I was a professional athlete. It is something else. Her dedication is an inspiration, and I greatly admire all that she has done for women in wakeboarding and in sports in general.
Rafa Ortiz is one of my favorite athletes from around the world. I see him as an older brother, although his sport, kayaking, is very different from mine. I can see his passion for his discipline. He's always looking for ways to inspire others to follow his dreams, even if those dreams are just as crazy as he is.
Other college athletes inspire me, too. College athletes train so hard and at the same time go to classes and keep good grades. Many of them train more hours a week than I do.
Share some of your goals for 2017:
I want to represent my country high at the World Games in July. I will be traveling to Poland to compete, and I would love to see the Mexican flag and listen to the Mexican national anthem from the top of the podium.