Athlete of the Week: Leah Galton
This week I spoke to Leah Galton to find out a little more about her. I was intrigued to find out how America had benefited her training and personal life.
Leah is a soccer player, originally from the U.K who moved to America to experience a bigger challenge.
Amongst many achievements Leah has been nominated rookie of the year, CAA player of the year (twice) and is ranked #61 top soccer players in the USA.
Before moving to the USA, Leah lived in Harrogate, England and has previously played for Leeds United Women’s football and has been involved with England 15/17 and 19’s.
To provide you with an insight into Leah’s life, I asked a selection of questions regarding training and staying motivated.
How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by continuously remembering that when i’m not training someone else is and they are getting better than me. I want be the best, so I have to stay on track and stay motivated. My family are also a big part of my motivation as I always want to make them proud. I love telling them when my team have won a match or I have scored a goal.
What does your typical training week look like?
Soccer practice is 3:30 till 4:30 everyday. On Friday’s I have a game at 7pm and Sunday at 1pm. Saturday is light recovery, jog and stretch. I lift on Tuesday heavy all body and then on a Wednesday or Thursday I tend just to lift upper body in preparation for Friday’s game.
What is your philosophy for strength training?
I believe that S&C has a huge impact on my game. It keeps me strong and less injury’s occur as I can take bigger hits. I will take up challenges as I have the upper hand; my shots are powerful from my leg strength, my upper body work helps me win shoulder to shoulder battles and my speed is partly down to the power and strength ability from leg lifting.
Your biggest mistakes made?
I have made many mistakes whilst lifting… once I forgot that the weight bar already weighed 15kg so I added more weight on each side therefore I was unable to lift as it was beyond my max. My biggest mistake in the gym so far was throwing a medicine ball through the roof.
What do you like to do outside the gym?
Outside of the gym I love to listen to music, relax and watch TV. I’m a very chilled person, I love to take naps and eat lots of food.
It was great to catch up with Leah and her success in the USA is inspiring to other athletes. I hope Leah’s training techniques and methods are beneficial to others.
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