Using Mental Skills to #PerformHappy in Elite and Collegiate Gymnastics with Ana Padarariu

In the latest episode of the PerformHappy Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing UCLA and Canadian Elite Gymnast Ana Padarariu the 2018 World Championships silver medalist on balance beam. Ana has faced her fair share of injuries, and obstacles that have interrupted her Olympic dream. However, her story is incredibly inspiring. 

Despite the setbacks, Ana has always bounced back with a smile. Her experiences have not only made her a better athlete but also a better human being, with a stronger mindset and a deeper sense of teamwork. 

If you’re dealing with disappointment, injury, or any kind of setback, this episode is a must-listen. Ana shares valuable lessons on mindset and team culture, drawn from her experiences in both collegiate and elite gymnastics. Her journey shows that no matter what challenges you face, you can still achieve your dreams and perform happy, taking it one day at a time with a positive attitude. 

In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Ana Padarariu talk about:

Overcoming Injuries and Mental Blocks in Gymnastics.

Building Trust and Confidence in Gymnastics.

Recovering from Injuries in Gymnastics, Mental and Physical Strategies. 

Finding New Roles in Gymnastics for Injured Athletes. 

Visualization Techniques to Boost Gymnastics Performance.

Mental Routines and Cues for Gymnastics Skills. 

Effective Training Strategies and Mental Prep for Gymnasts.

We do our best when we have fun.” – Ana Padarariu.

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