“Surround yourself with people that push you to be better” With CrossFit Champion Tasia Percevecz

“For me, I have used my success to spread love and inspire as many women as possible. I want young girls to know that they are capable of…

“For me, I have used my success to spread love and inspire as many women as possible. I want young girls to know that they are capable of ANYTHING. And that they can be, and look, however they want to look. CrossFit is empowering. It gives women an even platform with men and shows us that we can do great things!”

I had the pleasure of interviewing CrossFit champion Tasia Percevecz. Tasia achieved CrossFit champion glory this past August competing on CrossFit Mayhem’s Freedom Team and placing first in the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. Tasia made her CrossFit Games debut in 2016 with an impressive 15th-place finish. A competitive gymnast since childhood, Percevecz had dreamed of being an elite gymnast, but fell short of her aspirations in college. Looking for a new sport, she started CrossFit in 2013. As a trainer at CrossFit Free in Salem, New Hampshire, Percevecz took five top-10 event finishes in her first Games appearance. Tasia is from Phoenix, Arizona and currently a sales rep for a supplement company, Blonyx Biosciences.

Thank you so much for joining us Tasia! Can you share an interesting story about how you ended up where you are in your career?

I did competitive gymnastics my entire life, all the way through college. When my career ended I was at a loss for what was next when it came to fitness. At first I spent time in the globo gym, trying to motivate myself on the treadmill and elliptical, which was too monotonous. Eventually, I happened upon CrossFit when I was invited by a friend to compete in a scaled competition. After coming in second place at that competition and having a blast, I never looked back!

For how many years have you been training?

I have been training CrossFit for 5 years. Before CrossFit, I competed in gymnastics for 16 years.

Can you share a story about funniest mistake you made when you first started? What lesson do you take out of that?

At my first scaled competition, I went to complete failure on a set of max pull-ups and slipped off the bar and landed flat on my back with a crowd watching! It taught me to listen to my body. The amazing thing about CrossFit is that it helps you become super in tune with your physical limitations!

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Our team was sponsored by Cheribundi, which was amazing. Not only have I been drinking Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice for years to train and recover, but I got to personally work with the company to perfect a regimen involving several Cheribundi juices like Light, Relax, and their new 100% Tart. It made all the difference in the world. It’s an easy way to add phytonutrients and antioxidants into my diet. I drink it to help me sleep better and to recover faster in between training sessions. We train one to three times a day depending on the day, and I need the extra fuel in between sessions to help reduce muscle soreness and recover for the next training session.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

CrossFit connects me to a lot of interesting people! Working with them is very inspiring. For instance, I am surrounded by incredible athletes, such as Rich Froning, Matt Hewett, and Lindy Barber. They raise you to a higher level athletically because you can mimic what they do and use some of their strategies for greatness!

What would you advise to a young person who aspires to follow your footsteps and emulate your career? What advice would you give?

I would tell them to enjoy the process! Life is so much bigger than CrossFit and gymnastics and you have to remember that. Don’t put your value in placements or progress. Enjoy each day. Give 100% effort even when you don’t feel like it. And surround yourself with good people. These things will bring you to where you want to be!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

For me, I have used my success to spread love and inspire as many women as possible. I want young girls to know that they are capable of ANYTHING. And that they can be, and look, however they want to look. CrossFit is empowering. It gives women an even platform with men and shows us that we can do great things!

Is there a particular person that made a profound difference in your life to whom you are grateful? Can you share a story?

My mother is someone I am extremely grateful for. By raising me and my two brothers (Caleb, Zach) and sister (Tamar) on her own, she showed me what strength and sacrifice was. She displayed hard work and encouraged me to do the same. She never let me give up. And she taught me always to follow my dreams!

Can you share your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Why does that resonate with you so much?

I often look to a scripture in James 1:2–4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” I think this scripture is very applicable to life as well as sport. There are so many struggles that we face on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean you can just quit. Every day you have to show up and put in the work and have faith that it will be enough. And on top of that, it is so important to find joy in difficult days.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why.

1.) Trust the process! It takes time.

2.) Be smart. Don’t push through injury.

3.) Eat more food! All this fitness requires more calories.

4.) Work on good positioning. It will be worth it!

5.) Have fun!! Surround yourself with people that you enjoy spending time with and that push you to be better!

The CrossFit Mayhem Team 

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them. 🙂

I am a big fan of Chris Pratt. I admire the way he uses his platform to spread love around the world! Also, it doesn’t hurt that he is hilarious.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

My Instagram is tasiapercevecz

Originally published at medium.com

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