Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Torah Bright: Australian professional snowboarder, Olympic gold and silver medalist, who talks about her workout, diet, beauty secrets and success story.
You are Australia's most successful Winter Olympian, former Olympic gold and silver medalist, two-time X Games gold medalist, two-times US Open winner, recipient of the Best Female Action Sports Athlete at the ESPY awards and much more. What attracted you towards snowboarding as a sport, if you were to sum up in a few words?
I grew up skiing. Skiing was all about racing and regimented training. When I was 11 I followed my older brother when he tried snowboarding for the first time. gym and then watch the confidence they build radiate through the other areas of their life. Helping people become the best versions of them, helping them become more confident and positive in the process, that’s what I live for. It’s the most fulfilling and rewarding job!
Our minds were blown. We viewed the mountain differently; the creative outlet the snowboard under out feel gave us. All of a sudden we were seeing the same mountain as a playground. Snowboarding still is a creative outlet and a source of freedom and adventure for us.
Snowboarding Still is A Creative Outlet And a Source of Freedom and Adventure For Us.
In 2014, you became the first Olympic athlete (male or female) to qualify for all three snowboarding disciplines; halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross. Were your eyes always set on this goal? At what age did your journey begin?
My eyes were never set on this goal! Coming into the 2014 Olympics I needed a new goal and challenge To go back to the Olympics and try and be my best and ultimately the best on the day I needed something more.
My brother and coach at the time came up with the idea… it was crazy. Everyone though it was crazy and not possible. But for some reason it was exactly what I needed to go back to another Olympics happy and wanting to be my best. I spent more time on snow than ever before. My connection to the snow was better than ever. I felt I was riding better than ever before. It did the trick. I came home with a medal in Halfpipe, great result in Slopestyle and qualified for SBX which was always the hardest part of the journey!
I had an incredible team to support me. Amazing people who shared their time and knowledge, they all made it possible.
It was amazing, but it definitely look it toll on me! I need some time to recover after that Olympics and winter ended!
How do you kick start your day. Share with us your first meal of the day? 2 ways to detox?
The most powerful tool I learned along the way was intermittent fasting. I worked out what balance and timing of meals is best for me.
I start my day with lemon water and a coffee or tea with MCT oil and butter in it. Even when training this sustained me with plenty of energy until about 11am or so.
My first meal would bigger than my dinner. Depended what was available but it would be about 15-20grams of protein - lots of fibrous veggies with olive oil all over. My snack if I needed anything would be eggs or an Avocado with olive oil.
As far a detox goes… there are lots of ways to detox and supplements to use. But you really need to be guided through real deep detox by a professional.
A few good ways; drink lots of water. We generally don’t drink enough. Food elimination is a great way to detox too. One of my favs is actually an infrared sauna. Do a little research. So many health benefits. I can’t live without them!
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