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👋 Hi! Tell us about yourself and your training
My name is Hanne Short, I'm 32 years old and live in Norway. I run a company with my husband during daytime. This is a team of 30 employees, working with constructions and landscaping. My profession is business economics, but my favorite part is human relations. I got to girls in the age of eight and four.
My CrossFit passion started eight years ago, and since then I have been developing myself from a person that only loved to exercise to keep my body healthy, to be a competitive person that loves to be out there in the world competing in the sport.
So far I have been competing in the nationals, in regionals, in different sanctionals and other known events as Aphrodite games, Battle of London, the European championship and so on.
My currents PR’s are 165 kg in deadlift, 125 kg in backsquat, 100kg in clean and jerk, 110 in split jerk.
In my youth, I tried different kinds of sports like gymnastics and dance. For some years, I was the leader in our city's cheerleading squad for basketball. This was a really fun and exciting time!
I’ve actually tried out every possible thing that came my way, soccer, sprints, swimming, singing (and yes, at some point I actually had a band - and NO, I can't sing XD).
I truly believe that children should try the whole specter of possibilities when it comes to sports and hobbies. This is their time to figure out what they like, develop as human beings, meet new people, get relationships and find their passion for something.
It is a great advantage for children to get into good environments from the start – I believe!
My sport has given me a community cross the country and cross the world. We get to travel together and experience so much new stuff. And it is the perfect way to get your mind away from my job and other responsibilities. It’s kind of my “me-time” where I get to be ME, and this helps me being better at other arenas. A supplement of lots of good energy, I guess.
⏱ Describe a typical day of training
My training is five to six days a week. two and a half to three hours a day. One session. I follow “The Progrm” and that has been giving me what I need to develop myself as an athlete. There is actually no off-season to this program, but every 5th week I have deload. That means that the volume is lower, and the weights are not at max.
Mostly I train alone but there are always some buddies around doing their thing.
I eat normal, I guess. As long as I get enough food, I’m not so concerned about having a strict diet. I try to drink a lot of water, and always have a bottle nearby. I think that’s the most important supplement!
My training bag has lifters, Metcon shoes, wrist wraps, knee sleeves, belt, rope and water bottle.
My favorite workout is a long shit list with all kind of different movements. But it’s also fun to just dig deep in a quick and hard metcon.
👊 How do you keep going and push harder?
It’s human to feel good and bad. If your high on motivation or low, this is like a rollercoaster and has many factors to it.
Have you gotten enough quality food, have you slept good and enough, are other aspects of your life at a good point? Concerns regarding school, stress at work, relationships, family and so on – these are all factors that can trig your motivation in the gym.
As an athlete, training becomes more of a lifestyle then a “must-do- should-do" thing, if that makes any sense. It’s a part of your daily routine and it kind of sucks if you don’t get it done.
Most days of training feels awesome, but of course many sessions sucks, and you leave the gym unsatisfied. But if you don’t have any bad days, you’ve won't appreciate the good ones that much, right?!
I get inspired by other athletes, like Kristin Holte says, HTFU (harden the fuck up) or if you think; what would Matt Frasier do? Small things like this helps me going. And if I have a big competition coming up, this really helps me push a little harder.
Having a bad day in general, can suddenly change to a good one, if I just push through a good session of working out. Endorphins are my best intoxication.
🏆 How are you doing today and what does the future look like?
At the moment, the world is fighting a pandemic. Covid-19 has changed a lot of our daily routines, and a lot of gyms worldwide is closed. This has of course set a damper to my training, and it’s forcing me to think differently, and be more creative.
But at this point, seven weeks in the lock down of my country, I feel I have been able to train as best I can consider the circumstances.
My plans for the future is to continue what I do, and if my fitness is good enough to do competitions I see this as a bonus, but not a goal of my happiness. For me I believe this way of thinking is the best, and not feeling sorry for myself if I don’t get to do everything I wish for. I do have a lot of other responsibilities in my life, and my biggest priority is my family.
If I could change anything from my past, it has to be starting weightlifting at a younger age. That would probably beneficial in my career as a CrossFit athlete. But other than that I’m pretty happy about my past.
🤕 How do you recover, rest and handle injuries?
For my recover and rest, I really like to do mobility exercises. I feel so much better when I have done a good stretching session. I stretch before every session and have my own routine for this. I also dig my massage gun, this tools should be in everyone’s home.
My sleep is crucial for my everyday performance so I need about eight to nine hours sleep every night. My only supplement is d-vitamin’s because I live in Norway, and the sun is not that often visiting us.
🍎 How is your diet and what supplements do you use?
I do not follow any diet. I eat to get full, and eat what ever I have available. I do not choose food with sugar and lack of quality. I eat a lot of carbs, like bread. (Whole wheat) and love to put on lots of topping like fish, meat, vegetables and fruit. This for breakfast, lunch and evening snack. At dinner time, its some sort of meat or fish, vegetables, rice, potatoes, pasta and salads.
I truly believe that a healthy diet (also for your mind) is when you are not over focused on what you eat, but have a natural idea of what's good for you and not. I see to often people struggling with this, and get mentally unhealthy by overthinking diets and stuff.
During the weekends, I eat more unhealthy food than during the week. But I do not exaggerate just because its Saturday. That will make me sick, and the feeling is not worth it.
👍 What has inspired and motivated you?
What motivates me is champions like Kristin Holte, Matt Frasier and Tia Toomey. They can really inspire me. They’re kind of like Gods, and the way they execute workouts is amazing and that truly motivates me.
Music is also a nice factor when you hit the gym. I like all sorts of music when I train. When I’m lifting, country music and gangsta-rap is tha shit :P When I’m digging deep in a sweaty workout, pop music and classics from the 80’s , 90’s and 00’s is the best.
✏️ Advice for other people who want to improve themselves?
I believe that “Luck” comes from hard work. Luck happens when hard work and timing and talent intersect.
🤝 Are you taking on clients right now?
I do not teach or take any clients at the moment. I actually don't have time for that. Running a company and being a mum of two kids, takes up the time.
Last year, however, I had some classes, and that was really fun. I love to make others sweat.
I also did some training camps last year. Training camps are the best. It's like a perfect vacation with good training as well. AND! you get to know other cool human beings with the love for sports.
📝 Where can we learn more about you?
Follow my road at Instagram: @hanne_._short
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