March honours our women by commemorating International Women’s Day on the 8th. This year, XSV celebrates sportswomen by highlighting some of the most outstanding female athletes in history and acknowledging those in training, not only for their achievements and awards but for their determination and fighting spirit throughout their journeys.
Sport originated as a preparation for hunting and war training, set in a domain exclusive to men. Thanks to determined, history-making women and their milestones, these moulds were smashed and made way for many other women to follow in their footsteps. Let’s look closer at four standout ladies in their respective fields:
- In 1967 Katharine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as an officially registered competitor after fighting her way through the prohibition of women participants. She paved the way for other women to achieve greatness by just competing.
- The great Nadia Comaneci said, “I don’t run away from challenges; I run towards them because the only way to escape fear is to overcome it and trample it beneath your feet.” This legendary gymnast made history in 1976 when, at age 14, she scored the first-ever 10 for her asymmetric bars exercise and won nine Olympic medals throughout her career.
- Serena Williams rose to fame and stayed at the top of her game for over two decades. She is considered one of the greatest tennis players, with four Olympic gold medals and 39 Grand Slam titles. She inspires women by advocating self-belief and camaraderie: “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all, be humble.”
- South Africa’s Golden Girl, Penelope (Penny) Heyns, is the only woman in Olympic Games history to have won the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke events. Alongside Australian swimmer Leisel Jones, she is considered one of the best breaststroke swimmers ever.
When it comes to training, what you put in, is what you get out. Alongside physical training, female athletes require suited supplements to strengthen muscles, boost energy and performance, prolong endurance and see to maximum output. Beta-Alanine and Caffeine are best for enhanced performance alongside Iron, Calcium, Vitamins B & D, Zinc and Magnesium, which speak directly to training female athletes in addressing proper recovery and preventing injury. Furthermore, supplementing with Amino Acids is considered excellent for women who train or have an active lifestyle, as they provide immediate support for the metabolic processes involved in reaching any fitness goals.
Find these ingredients in XSV’s THE SWITCH, a pre-workout supplement that primes the body for high performance and SHIFT ENDURANCE with its unique combination of electrolytes, amino acids and endurance-boosting ingredients. We also offer VITONIC, a complete multivitamin and scientifically developed mineral supplement and Plan A MAP ® for women who want to enhance their daily vitality, performance output and protein synthesis and enhance bodily functioning rapidly.
Visit our website for our range of performance-enhancing supplements, and get in touch for more information.