Here at Gap Inc., we’re huge fans of two things: 1) Fashion (of course!) and 2) Water polo (that comes from our founder Don Fisher’s stellar swimming and water polo chops at Cal). Combining our passion for the two, we’re beyond excited about Athleta’s sponsorship with the USA Women’s Water Polo Team, outfitting the inspiring gals with high-performing stylish workout gear as they prepare to make a splash at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In between an intense schedule of strength training, conditioning, and practice, we caught up with team captain Brenda Villa (the most decorated women’s water polo athlete in the world!) for a quick behind the scenes Q&A:
How do you and the team feel going into the Summer games?
Personally, I’m very excited to get another opportunity. It’s a last chance for me to compete on the highest stage with an amazing group of women. We’ve come a long way in four years and we’re still tuning up to be at our best in London.
Take us through a typical day–in-the-life training.
A Monday will look like this: Wake up at 6 a.m. Eat oatmeal for breakfast. Get to pool by 6:50 a.m. Strength training begins at 7 a.m. and will last for 1.5-2 hours. We then get into the pool and condition for about an hour. From 7-10 a.m., we’re moving non-stop. After practice, I drive home eat a quick lunch and sneak in a nap. I head back to the pool at 1 p.m. for more water polo conditioning and skills from 1:30- 4:30 p.m.
Wow – that is intense! How do you balance the rest of your life with such a rigorous training program?
It's hard to balance. But it’s incredibly helpful to have supportive family and friends. They keep me balanced and distract me in a good way.
What do you love about women’s water polo?
The instant sisterhood you establish with your team.
Tell us something we wouldn’t know about professional/Olympic water polo players.
We like to drink coffee before games and dance in our pre-game routine.
What do you do to reward yourself and stay motivated? (i.e. Ice cream sundae after the games?)
Shopping is a great reward after a long week of hard training. And I love breakfast! I will treat myself to a good breakfast to reward my hard work.
What tips do you have for the Athleta customer who’s challenging herself with a new athletic goal this year?
Stay with it and stay committed. Results take time. You cannot replace hard work with a quick fix.