GameDay fans…. Meet Dina Duy!
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Dina and I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago! I was a gymnast ever since I was 8 years old, all the way through high school. In college I cheered on the varsity co-ed cheerleading team (since there was no gymnastics team as Southern Illinois University). After college I was lost trying to workout in a globo-gym. All I wanted to do was handstand push ups and toes to bar- things I grew up doing. I won 10 sessions of CrossFit with a coach in a raffle. After day 3 everyone at the gym that day was doing handstand push ups- I was hooked!
How’d you get started competing?
I started competing because I loved the competitiveness that gymnastics gave me, but competing in a new sport was a little intimidating. I convinced a group of friends of mine from the gym to team up for a competition, and we haven’t stopped since. I have been a competitive athlete in CrossFit for about 2 years now.
What do you enjoy most about about competition day?
My favorite thing about competition day is the comradery that comes with competing as a team or even alongside your teammates as an individual. I love coaching, but it’s a time where I just get to be an athlete alongside some really good friends!
How do you prepare for a grueling workout?
I make sure my nutrition is on point. Nutrition plays a key role in performance, so making sure I am eating the correct macros and staying on track weeks, even months before a competition day. Beyond nutrition, practicing the workouts before competition day helps a lot mentally. That way you know how the workout is going to feel, you know where you could push harder or where you need to scale back to conserve energy.
What advice do you have for first time competitors?
My advice to first time competitors is to jump in. Find a competition that is your skill level and do it! It is so much fun to try your best!
Will we be seeing you at GameDay Chicago?
I will be there! I’ll be cheering my friends along from the sidelines as I’m working through a wrist injury.