Gracie Kramer in New York Times Article

00BCF328-9286-4AD3-ACC8-1266AC3D0070The New York Times published an article about how athletes are staying in shape over the summer. They interviewed UCLA Gymnastics’ very own Gracie Kramer about how and why she decided to stay in shape over the summer before preseason starts. Read what she had to say below and check out the full article at NYTimes.com.

“We’re expected to come back Sept. 17, the day we report, in our best shape,” said Gracie Kramer, a junior on U.C.L.A.’s gymnastics team.

Kramer was on campus last week taking an intensive six-week course in Croatian, strategically getting her language requirement out of the way over the summer rather than spreading it out over three quarters during the school year.

“If you know what to expect for preseason, you know you have to kick your butt in the off-season,” Kramer said. “If you don’t, you’re out of luck: You have to accept the consequences of not making lineups, not being able to compete as much as you want.”

So each day Kramer, whose events include the vault and the floor exercise, arrives at the gym before 8 a.m. and does what she termed, pun unintended, a “flexible” workout for a few hours. She prefers the “nice open gym” at U.C.L.A. as opposed to the gym she would use near her childhood home a couple of hours away, one that she would need to share with local club teams.

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