But, that wasn't enough for Paralympic bronze medalist and Dancing with the Stars runner-up, Amy Purdy. No, from the day she woke up in the hospital and knew she would survive her near-fatal battle with meningococcal meningitis, she was fighting to get back on the slopes, "Losing my legs was a sudden, life-changing event. It's amazing how you can be healthy one day, and the next you're sidelined by something microscopic that came out of nowhere."
"Having snowboarding — this sport I was so passionate about, was important for my recovery. It's all I thought about when I was in the hospital — I didn't want to just walk, I wanted to snowboard! That goal helped me focus on the future and gave me physical and mental goals to work toward."
And work toward them, she did. In the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games, she took the bronze medal in the snowboard cross — the only double-amputee to compete in the event. Her feat inspired fans, and landed her on the set of Dancing with the Stars, "I never set out to inspire the world or to be known as 'something' — I set out to inspire myself and always focus on my passions."
With the Paralympics and DWTS behind her, her focus has changed. For two years, her entire life revolved around improved athletic performance — mental, physical and emotional training. But with no specific competition to train for, she's giving herself the freedom to focus on other goals. In October, she'll be speaking on the World-Class Athlete: Achieving Excellence panel at the espnW Summit, she'll be touring with Oprah's "Life You Want Weekend" this fall and, in the next year, she'll release a book on her life and a clothing line with Element Eden.
With a changed focus on life, came a changed focus on workouts. Maintenance and health are now the name of the game, and with Purdy's hectic schedule, she's learning to feel comfortable with short, body-weight workout routines. "I've found I don't need a gym or fancy workout equipment — just my own body weight. When I'm traveling, I'll wake up, do cardio at the gym if there is one — maybe spinning for about 35 minutes — then I'll do squats, pushups, lunges and a handful of ab exercises. It comes down to using what I have. I always carry bands with me as well."
In fact, I've added a few of her favorite band exercises into this 12-minute workout that perfectly matches her 12-minute Spotify playlist.
0:00-2:00, Band bicycles
2:01-4:00, Walking lunges
4:01-5:00, Band side steps
7:01-8:00, Band YTLs
8:01-9:00, Band side steps
10:01-11:00, Band YTLs
11:01-12:00, Band oblique twists
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