Ines Subashka: Introduce yourself.
Marianna Tzourtzek: My name is Marianna Tzourtzek,My coach calls me Greek Warrior. I ‘m half Croatian and Half Greek, 26 years old and I live in Athens!I’ m a graduate of the physical education university!I work as Crossfit coach from last year but i used to be personal trainer since 2003.
IS: How long have you been doing Crossfit?
MT: I’m doing Crossfit since 2008 and I’ m serious athlete since September of 2009.
IS: Have you been involved in some other sports before that?
MT: I was athlete in Gymnastics for several year in national level!
IS: How did people around you accept the fact that you are doing crossfit?Did they take a jaundiced view of it?
MT: Crossfit is unknown yet so lots of people doesn t know it.When they watch my videos or my training they just are just surprised! They think is difficult, unique and the elite of fitness.
IS: Do you have a nutrition plan that you follow? If yes, do you meet disapproval from you friends?Or do they understand why you eat the way you do?
MT: Yes, I have a strict nutrition plan especially now in my preparation for the sectionals/regionals ! My friends know how difficult is what I do and they understand my sacrifices!
IS: What does crossfit mean to you and did it change your life in some way?
MT: Crossfit for me means Mental strength, power,passion, beauty , heart of lions! My WHOLE life I searched for a fitness that I couldn’t explain. I was always active, always “healthy”.I swum,run, done gymnastics and lived a relatively balanced and happy lifestyle. Then I found CrossFit and my life will never be the same….Because of CrossFit, I will never be satisfied with my fitness. There will always be something to achieve, something to try and something to “get better at”, nothing I can’t do!
IS: What is your favorite WOD and which one do you hate the most?
MT: I HATE Nancy : 5 rounds for time of 400m run /15OHS and my favorite is any kind of CHIPPER.
IS: Is it hard for you to combine your daily tasks with workouts? And have you ever used the excuse that you are too busy to workout?
MT: It’s very hard being athlete and coach together. I must impart my passion to my clients-athletes in a healty way.Yes there are some days I’ m too busy and I can’ t workout but I always replenish my lost time..
IS: What is your biggest accomplishment in crossfit so far?
MT: I was trying for long time MU and Snatches, now I can manage them so well and I am closer in my goals .
IS: Do you remember some funny story with you and crossfit?
MT: Two months ago, I had to do Fran in my daily training…I wanted to video take it.I was trying hard on the pull up bar when I fell from the bar down on the ground ! I have this on video, it was so funny cause I returned and continued my workout like nothing happened!
IS: What advice would you give to the beginner crossfiters in Bulgaria?
MT: Crossfit is unique ! All crossfitters will find their weird side of themselves.Stenght ,power, they will set personal goals..They will have days of disappointments and will want to be better and better every day! They will grow their tenacity! That’s awesome! DON’T GIVE UP! my quote:”All achievement is the triumph of persistence”