Olympian Athlete Louise Hazel’s health philosophy is surprisingly easy. What about specializing in what your physique can do in the present day?
“When I was competing as an athlete that’s what I would ask myself.” Louise posits. “Do I have a great hurdle session in me or only a couple of great ones?”
An vital query for the British-born Heptathlete who ranked 2nd in her nation in 2009 and ninth better of all time. The Heptathlon, a collection of seven monitor and area sports activities together with excessive leap, sprinting and javelin adopted her 2nd place rating with a gold medal for England within the 2010 Commonwealth Video games and, then, onto the 2012 Summer time Olympics.
“I’m very fortunate in two ways: I’m privileged to be blessed with a natural athleticism and I’m priveleged to take it to an elite level.” Louise affirms. “The heptathlon chooses you.”
The heptathlon selected properly. As a considerably intuitive athlete and as a coach transitioning into the final health house in 2013, Louise requested herself an important query.
“Why are women are marketed to in elite sports and fitness so differently?”
The reply? Transfer to LA and open Slay Gym, a female-first facility, that lives by the motto, “Own your body, Own your life.”
That features altering her personal mindset. As an Olympian athlete you’re “living your life in fight mode. You’re fighting for spots, fighting to represent your country. Everyday you wake up a competitor. That doesn’t give you the time to look and reflect from a spiritual perspective. Sport was no longer my job. I no longer had the excuse that I didn’t have to compete. I had to strip away those habits.”
“If that seat isn’t given we have to make our own table.”
After all, the pandemic threw all the things into disarray. As a substitute of a celebratory one yr anniversary occasion, Louise took her exercises and philosophy on-line. The Slay Problem started in February and resulting from an natural social media push with assist from celebs like Sophia Bush, over 1,200 folks signed up within the second month.
“The hardest thing is connecting with people and getting them to understand that they can be the Olympic version of themselves.”
With eight weeks of lockdown in play, the world took a pointy flip. Protests over the killing of George Floyd impressed upwards of 20,000 folks to march in LA. In keeping with Louise, there was a “sense of two things: I felt this overwhelming sense of hope that things were happening and urgency that we needed to make things happen now.”
She drafted a letter and accrued over 140 cosigners, all feminine Black and BIPOC well being and wellness professionals, who felt that their voices weren’t heard or represented. It was a watch opening second. Not solely a stand however a path to extra visibility and alter.
“I might be a disrupter to the world of fitness. The fitness industry thrives on our lack of connection with ourselves and thrives on our insecurities. Our instructors only come across as one thing.”
In an unique launch, the second letter to the well being and wellness trade is scheduled to go dwell in the present day. Whereas the primary letter was a name to motion, the second outlines guidelines of engagement and methods to maneuver ahead.
“We sometimes forget what influence really is.”