Catching up with Olympic medalist Samantha Peszek...
We like to keep up with our athletes, Samantha is an Olympian gymnast and has been an Endeavor Athlete since day one. We had the chance to catch up with her recently to see what she’s been up to. She also shares tips for success and some of her advice on training and nutrition.
Name: Samantha Peszek, resides Santa Monica, CA
What are you up to now post sports career and how was the transition?
I am a broadcaster for the PAC-12 Networks and I was just in Rio covering the Olympics for NBC. I’m a motivational speaker and my Olympic teammate, Alicia Sacramone and I just started a community called, The Gympire.
Talk about your workout routine now
I actually do a lot of The Gympire workouts that haven’t been released yet, but it uses a combination of strength, balance, and flexibility. It’s a gymnastics inspired workout, so I can continue my fit and athletic lifestyle from when I was training minus all the pounding.
How do you get your competitive fix now that you aren't competing
I’m actually surprised I’m not more competitive now that I’m not competing in gymnastics, but I think the thrill of trying new things like snowboarding and wake boarding and other activities has helped with the adrenaline rush I used to get from meets.
Pre/post workout fuel go to…
I don’t really like to be full going into a workout, so I’ll eat something light. I typically like to eat a banana either before or after my workout.
Who inspires you
I know this is cheesy, but it’s true… my parents inspire me. They both were athletes that continued living a healthy life even today. They stressed the importance of balance to me and it’s still a philosophy that I live by. Athletics were a huge part of my life, but academics and my social life were important to me as well.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Peyton Manning because he was such a respectable athlete in many ways. Not only was he one of the hardest working QBs in the league, but he had honorable sportsmanship. He’s someone that was so passionate about his job and did everything in his power to be the best he can be. This is what I tried to do in my own gymnastics career and what I’m hoping to continue with all my career endeavors as well.
Favorite piece of Endeavor gear and why?
Im a huge fan of the Element Hoody because it’s so comfortable and light. It’s perfect to workout in then I can wear it after to just lounge around at home.
Favorite place to go on vacation?
I’m hoping Aruba… I’m going there in a month!
Tips for success?
Believing that you can do anything you set your mind to, it worked for me as an Olympian!
Thanks for reading! Check back next week for more in The Pursuit.
IG: @EndeavorAthletic Twitter: @EndeavorAth