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Ensuring Athletes Know the Value and Purpose of Conditioning

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In addition to being a broadcaster and the founder of Beam Queen Bootcamp, Sam Peszek is an Olympic Gymnast. As an elite gymnast, she was part of the gold-medal-winning American teams at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2007 and was later on selected as a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2008. At the 2008 Bejing Olympics, the U.S. took home a silver medal. After her Olympic debut, she went on to compete in college for the UCLA Bruins. At UCLA, Peszek became a 17-time All-American, the 2011 and 2015 balance beam champion, and 2015 all-around co-champion. After retiring from competition in 2015, Peszek was hired as an announcer for the Pac-12 network and went on to found Beam Queen Boot Camp in 2017.

In this video, Sam Peszek shares some tips on how to motivate athletes to do conditioning. She discusses that before athletes leave practice for the day, have them state one thing they did well and one thing they wish to improve upon in next practice. By setting up goals, athletes will begin to make the connection between the importance of conditioning and how conditioning can help athletes reach their goals.