Talking to Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler

How do you stay motivated when you don't feel like training?
Goals are the secret. I have at least one goal that I work toward each day. It's all about taking hold of the day, rather than letting the day run you.

During the off-season, how do you keep your body in shape?
I love to surf, mountain bike, hike, and practice yoga and Pilates. I also have a consistent gym program in the off-season, which includes squats, lunges, plyometrics, agility, and weight training.

What are your fave fitness moves?
To strengthen my lower body, I do tons of squats a day [including single-leg and barbell versions] to work my glutes, hamstrings, quads, and hips. My favorite upper-body muscle builder is a shoulder exercise called YTWL. Lying facedown on a bench, I grab a one-pound dumbbell in each hand and do raises with both arms in the shape of a Y [out in front, elbows straight], then in the shape of a T [out to the sides], then like a W [elbows bent, palms facing down], and finally, in an L shape [elbows at 90-degree angles, forearms up and parallel to the body].


What healthy, energizing snacks do you always have on hand?
I love dried mangoes, walnuts, and goji berries. The mix provides iron, antioxidants, and omega-3s and really kicks up my energy.

Any tricks for keeping your skin soft after being in the cold all day?
I use Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream. It is made with almond meal to exfoliate and makes my skin feel clean but still dewy [$27, drhauschka.com]. I also love Mission Skincare products, which contain natural ingredients and no parabens [preservatives]. I worked with the company to create a lip balm called Gretchen Bleiler's Sweet Vanilla Lip Balmer SPF 15 [$4, missionskincare.com]. It smells like cake batter!

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