Breaking out as the new face of Reebok's Zpump shoe campaign for kids, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is totally confident in her own skin. But she revealed exclusively to TWIST that she didn't always feel this way about herself – even after she won a gold medal at the 2012 Games!
"I felt really confident when I took a year off of gymnastics after the Olympics in 2012," she says. "I took a whole year off just to be able to experience life without gymnastics. I started from a young age until 18 so I really never knew what my life was without gymnastics."
Aly noted that this mental break was definitely needed. "I was pretty burnt out," she says. Confidence within yourself doesn't just happen over night which is how Aly was able to develop this sense of comfort in her own skin during the time off.
"I think confidence is something that you develop over time and I think that everyone has insecurities too," she shares. "It's always important to remember, no one is perfect. And if everyone looked the same and no one had anything different, life would be so boring." We couldn't agree more!
Aly's drive and motivation to be her best and reach her goals is constantly on her mind because there is always something to look forward to. "I think the Olympics [are] as motivating for me as it can get. I have a competition, a national championship, in two weeks and we have world championships in October and then it’s onto the Olympics. It’s about a year away so there’s always stuff coming up."
Her hard work has definitely has paid off in the past. But, she wants to remind us all that the journey to reaching your goals isn't always easy. "Remember that the bad days are what makes you stronger. It's easy to get really discouraged, but you have to remember that no matter what sport you do, everyone has bad days more often than people realize. For me, there’s so many more bad days and bad workouts than there are good days."
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