A Day at the Gym With U.S. Soccer Stars Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn

A Day at the Gym With U.S. Soccer Stars Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn

Athleticism comes in many forms, from world-dominating gymnasts to fitness gurus with disabilities. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all game, and we’re here to honor that. Check out The Hustle, a column that breaks down the fitness routines of celebs and influencers, from what time of day they like to work out, to what song on their playlist most motivates them. Here, U.S. Women’s National Team members Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn tell us how they work out when they’re not on the soccer pitch.

Teen Vogue: When you’re not on the field, how do you like to workout?

Megan Rapinoe: I have a love/hate relationship with working out to be honest. Obviously I have to do it for my job. I find that classes are really good, whether that’s like a Flywheel, or a group situation —bootcamps or whatever. Someone is telling you what to do, so that’s nice and you can take the thinking out of it. You have the group to motivate you and it’s just more fun. It can be grinding to try to motivate yourself all the time.

Crystal Dunn: I have grown to really like the gym now — it wasn’t always a thing that I liked! Only because I think the older you get, the more knowledge you actually have about what’s best for you. When someone is telling you ‘you have to do this’ or ‘you have to do that,’ you might feel like ‘this isn’t actually what’s best for me.’ So I feel like I’m more into drawing up my own plans and seeing what is going to help me perform on the pitch. Every break we have, we get personal programs and we’re able to modify it.

TV: How do you motivate yourself to work out on days when you’re just not feeling it?

MR: I’m like, I gotta get this money! No, it is a little bit of that it’s my job [to be fit]. Sometimes I do have to approach it that way, like I have to get this done, otherwise, I’ll have anxiety all day. So I try to get up, stick to a plan, work out at the same time every day. That gets me in the routine and then by mid-day I’m done. I can’t leave my workouts until the afternoon. My twin sister is always like ‘I need an afternoon workout to break up the day,’ but I’ll sit around and think about how I have to workout … until I work out.

CD: I have a husband who’s in the workout area so he keeps me motivated, for sure, on the days that I’m tired or had a long day. It’s nice to be supported in that way. It’s also nice to workout with people, you don’t always want to be by yourself. But most days it’s me motivating myself. It’s a really intense time of the year where we want to do what’s best for the team. So most days that I don’t want to workout, I remember I’m trying to be a part of the World Cup and win the World Cup, so I just gotta do it.

TV: What’s your favorite time of day to work out?

CD: I try for the morning. There are some days I push it back to mid-afternoon, but I’m more of a morning person. It’s a good way to start your day. You feel refreshed, you feel accomplished. The later it gets in the day it becomes less fun. It’s like anything else — you put it off later and later you don’t want to do it anymore. So I try to eat a good breakfast, have a nice warmup, then head to the gym.

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