If at first you don’t succeed…

… Try try again. And again… and again… and again…

I was feeling quite slow and heavy but I was determined to go to the gym, especially since I blew it off the day beforeΒ due to complete exhaustion (and a touch of laziness). I just felt totally sluggish. I decided to try to kick the heaviness with a workout. Sometimes this works, and sometimes I really am just exhausted. I didn’t know which it would be until I got to the gym.

I warmed up a bit, climbing and doing some precision jumps to see how I felt. My heart wasn’t in it. I just felt off.

I decided to work on something that required less effort, something on the soft floor with soft mats. I started with basic vaults and then I finally started to become a person again and naturally transitioned into setting the boxes up so I could work on kong precisions. For my non-parkour people… it’s when you jump over something and land on something else. That’s basically all you need to know. Or you can watch this old tutorial.

I then proceeded to work on this one specific kong pre, which was at a pretty significant distance (for no reason, I could have easily moved it closer) for the next 1.5 hours. No joke. For 90 minutes straight, this was all I did. One after another, after another, after another. I got close a few times. I landed right in front of the block a few times instead of on top of it. I got one foot on, one foot off a few times. I fell on my bum a few times. I kicked the block I was supposed to be landing on across the room a few times. Never once did I execute a perfect precision landing where I wanted to. And I was totally okay with that.

Did I fail? I don’t think so. I got my ass up and went to the gym. Success. I trained for 2 hours. Success. I challenged myself and humbly accepted defeat… for now. I consider that a success. What would be the point of our training if we always landed everything on the first try?

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Badass Women: Christina Caraballo

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Photo by Pete Waterman

Name: Christina Caraballo
Age: 36
Occupation: Healthcare HIT
Fun Fact: Well, I usually say that I do parkour!


Fitness Routine: Parkour, running, swimming, biking, yoga. I run at leastΒ one half marathon every year because I’ll never be able to get away from the “dark side” of endurance training, the release of endorphins that comes after a long run!

Favorite Exercise: Swinging on bars. Does that count as an exercise? It seems too fun to actually count as a workout.

Why do you workout? Honestly, I have to or no one would want to be around me. Exercise is therapeutic to me. It clears my mind and makes me feel like I can do anything. I secretly want to be a full-time superhero.

What is one food you would never eat? Red meat. Drives my carnivorous husband crazy!

Favorite Place to Workout: Honestly, I love variety, and I go in waves. For example, I love anything in the ocean, love long bikes on the Capital Crescent Trail, and long runs that loop around the Tidal Basin, Lincoln, Washington Monument, and Capitol.

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Athletes (L to R): Natasha Bavolar, Adrienne Toumayan, Christina Caraballo, Terry Yen, Kate Miller. Photo by Pete Waterman.

What makes you feel strong? Why? This is a great question and hard for me to pinpoint. I guess I’m just really stubborn and love a challenge. I wasn’t the most popular girl in middle school because I refused to let the boys beat me in arm-wrestling, running, or pull-up contests. My friends told me that I should let the boys win, but I couldn’t really comprehend that. I’ve pretty much always refused to think that I wasn’t strong enough to do everything. I was really proud when I decided to become a Rehoboth Beach Lifeguard at a time when there were only a handful of us crazy girls. I still think I’m stronger in the water than most of the boys on the patrol πŸ™‚ My daughter also makes me feel strong. She looks up to me and wants to be “strong like mommy” – music to my ears!

Favorite part of your body: Abs.

Who inspires you? Why? My dad. He has always believed in me and pushed me to be just me. When I was little, he would take me to the beach, and we would incrementally work on running farther. By the time I was eight years old, I had three miles down! I’ll never forget coming home bloody from a crazy day at the beach (I hit a jetty), my dad just looked at me and said, “Well, it looks like you had a great day. I saw some of those exercises you were doing. Pretty impressive.” It’s funny because we recently had a conversation about the fact that my daughter is super active, but also loves her dresses. My mom couldn’t get me in a dress! Our conversation was not about the difference in our personalities, but the difference in the times. I love that girls today can be little princesses that kick butt!

What do you want to accomplish in 2016? Change the world, of course.

Badass Women: Terry Yen

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Photo by Pete Waterman

Name: Terry Yen
Age: 32
Occupation: Energy Analyst
Fun Fact: There’s about a mole of sand grains in the world!


Fitness Routine: Parkour, running, swimming, some biking, acro yoga (just got into it this year through a friend! Super fun!), prancer-cise… (just kidding ;))

Favorite Exercise: Burpees (hate).

Why do you workout? Stress management, to build confidence in myself, to gain perspective, experience / get lost in “flow” and let’s be honest, to fit in my clothes πŸ˜€

What is one food you would never eat? Uni

Favorite place to workout: Outside (in general)

What makes you feel strong? Why? Being able to achieve something that had scared me / made me nervous or I had thought was impossible. I view strength as inner strength — anything that builds confidence in myself and that demonstrates to myself that what I can achieve is not limited by what I think I can achieve. It gives me strength to continue setting stretch goals, exploring what the world and life have to offer, and improving my mental/physical abilities, all the while knowing I can overcome all challenges hurled at me.

Name one thing that scares you: Heights.

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Favorite part of your body: Hmmm this is a toughie. Being bombarded by the media, it’s easy to critique everything about my body… can’t say I have a favorite part — I like the whole ensemble!

Who inspires you? Why? My best friend’s 17-month old daughter. Her curiosity, excitement about being alive, level of engagement with everything and everyone around her, fearlessness, patience, tolerance, and ability to focus on a task without easily getting frustrated.

2016 Goals: Get more comfortable playing on rails — jumping over/on top, precision jumps, swinging/lachΓ©s, flow, etc.

Anything else you want me (and my readers) to know about you? Try everything at least once! You’re bound to learn something from the experience.