With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Growing up, Mauri Peterson was an avid gymnast and surfer who thrived on competition. But around age 10, she began suffering from fainting spells and blackouts. She was misdiagnosed with anxiety and hypoglycemia for several years, but then she experienced a cardiac arrest. An EKG determined she had sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) long QT type 2 — a dysfunction of the heart’s electrical system that causes rapid and irregular heartbeats. Peterson had surgery to implant a defibrillator, which administered a shock to her heart each time it went into arrest.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteBut perhaps worse for Peterson was the news that came next. “My cardiologists said I could never again participate in physical sports because my heart was unable to sustain a rapid heartbeat,” she says. “I felt sorry…
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Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Oxygen: How many hours of sleep do you get per night?Susan Francia: I try to sleep about eight hours but usually get closer to six and a half. I’m a night owl. I somehow find a second wind at 10 p.m. Where is that second wind at 4 p.m.? Sometimes I take a 30- to 45-minute nap after work, usually before I work out in the afternoon. It's the perfect amount of time to wake up refreshed.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteOxygen: How have you adjusted your sleep schedule to cater to your training and travel schedule?SF: Practice starts pretty early. Nobody told me that when I joined rowing! So I try my best to go to bed early. When I’m traveling, I have to be very disciplined and not take naps.…
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How She Fuels: Sarah Brown

How She Fuels: Sarah Brown

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Nutrition for Women, Supplements for Women, Women's Fitness Personalities
For 31-year-old Sarah Brown, health and fitness is a huge part of her family dynamic. So much so that she says, “Our son has been attending bodybuilding and fitness events with us since he was 6 days old! Yes, days!”It’s no surprise because being active is definitely in Brown’s DNA. As a teen, she dabbled in ice skating and competitive cheerleading, and she even earned a black belt in seidokan karate. Back in 2011 when she went to a bodybuilding show with her husband (who is a bodybuilder), she saw the Bikini division for the first time and thought, Now that’s a great look for me. I want to prep for one of these shows. She asked her husband to train her, and she placed in the top five at…
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The Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

The Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Vanessa RomondWestfield, New JerseyStats: 36 • 128 lb • 5’4”Gig: Interior designerDown but Never Out: Overcoming obstacles has defined Vanessa Romond’s fitness quest. “I’ve suffered from osteoarthritis and spondylolysis since I was 18, and recurring lower-back and neck injuries have forced me out of training for months at a time,” she says. Always athletic, Romond participated in track, skiing and kickboxing in high school while also earning NCA All-American honors as a cheerleader. She made it her mission to re-establish her fitness groove after having her second child. “I started strength training and focused on stabilizing my core, and my overall pain management really improved,” she says.Thanks for watching!Visit Website Fit Fam: Romond typically heads to the gym after dropping her kids off at school. “I’ll do HIIT cardio mixed…
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Saluting a New Lifestyle – Oxygen Magazine

Saluting a New Lifestyle – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
One morning in 2013, Navy instructor flight engineer Jennifer Suber awoke feeling dizzy and nauseated. What she initially assumed was food poisoning turned out to be a bout of vertigo that lasted for three weeks. Once the feeling subsided, she was cleared to fly and thought she’d put that behind her. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteHowever, a year later, she experienced a second episode. More testing revealed that she had superior canal dehiscence syndrome, a set of hearing and balance symptoms related to a rare medical condition of the inner ear. In February 2015, Suber underwent surgery but did not recover well — she required the use of a cane and a service dog, Lola, to help her walk and get around. She no longer was able to perform her job…
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