Fit Minute with Pro Snowboarder Macarena Valle
A master in the art of flight, this 19-year old Argentinian pro snowboarder took home awards in Slopestyle and Boardercross at the 2014 FIS South American cup. The best part? She’s the only girl on the team (way to represent). We chatted with Macarena during our Winter catalog shoot in Argentina and found out about how this pro-snowboarder likes to train, what she likes to eat, and what her favorite pump-up tunes are as she shreds the slopes.
How did you join the Argentina National Team?
I trained with tons of different trainers. They told me the minimum points I needed to get in order to qualify and helped me train in the right way to achieve that goal.
What’s your competition specialty?
I started with Snow Boardercross, but then I started Slopestyle a few years ago and I love it. So now, I’m doing both, for competition and fun.
How many people try out for the team and how many women are there on the team?
I’m the only woman on the team. As for who tries out, I’d say 10 people.
What does training for competition look like?
In the off-season, I start my training in the gym in March. My trainer creates a series of exercises for me that focus on jumps, using balance balls, with some sprints added in to really work my legs. We usually go hard for an hour, five days a week. Then, when snow season starts in June, I start training up in the mountain, bright and early at 9am and go all day. Trampoline workouts help, too!
What’s your go-to workout right now?
Jumping over speed rails in the gym. Otherwise, when snow season starts, I ride on the mountain.
Are you a rise-and-shine-and-workout kind of girl or do you prefer training in the dark?
I’d say afternoon, but definitely early when I’m training on the mountain. Have to take advantage of those daylight hours!
Where do you love to get away for the weekend?
To Arrayán, it’s a viewpoint from the forest where you can see Lake Lácar to the left and San Martín de los Andes to the right. I live in the area and I love to bicycle around the lake when it’s no longer snowing.
Name your top three favorite foods.
Sushi, Milanesa with mashed potatoes. I love baked potatoes with all the topping—cheddar cheese, sour cream, everything.
What’s the one item in your gym bag you can’t live without?
My sport bra!
If you could master anything, what would it be?
What women have inspired you?
My younger sister is a professional skier. She’s amazing. And, my mother, of course.
What music do you listen to before or during your training?
All up-tempo stuff. Right now I like Lana Del Ray.
What is your nutrition like in the off-season versus just prior to a competition?
When I’m not racing I try to avoid too much meat and flour. During competition season I focus on eating lean chicken, dried fruit and nuts.
What’s your mantra or motto to keep you motivated?
No pain, no gain. Go hard or go home!
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
Last year I spent a month in an arm cast. I used my arm to break a fall. I don’t recommend it.
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