Rebecca “Becky” Downie is a British artistic gymnast who competed at the 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics. She is a double European champion (2014 and 2016) and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion on the uneven bars as well as the 2019 World silver medalist. She is winner of Longines Prize for Elegance in 2016.
Representing Great Britain
|Silver medal – second place||2019 Stuttgart||Uneven Bars|
|Bronze medal – third place||2015 Glasgow||Team|
|Silver medal – second place||2019 Minsk||Uneven Bars|
|Gold medal – first place||2014 Sofia||Uneven bars|
|Gold medal – first place||2016 Bern||Uneven bars|
|Silver medal – second place||2010 Birmingham||Team|
|Silver medal – second place||2014 Sofia||Team|
|Silver medal – second place||2015 Montpellier||Uneven bars|
|Silver medal – second place||2015 Montpellier||Balance beam|
|Silver medal – second place||2016 Bern||Team|
|Gold medal – first place 2014||Glasgow||Team|
|Gold medal – first place 2014||Glasgow||Uneven bars|
|Silver medal – second place||2006 Melbourne||Team|
|Bronze medal – third place||2006 Melbourne||Balance beam|
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Becky Downie, British artistic gymnast and Winner of World silver medalist who talk about her workout, diet and her success story.
Walk us through your spectacular journey about how you were introduced to gymnastics?
I first got into gymnastics through a friend at school. My friend was always doing cartwheels in the playground and that is what inspired me to join. I started training when I 7 years old and loved it since day one.
You are a double European champion (2014 and 2016) and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion on the uneven bars as well as the 2019 World silver medallist. Among all these victories, which one is closest to your heart and why?
The 2014 European title was very special as it was my first major medal and it took me a very long time to accomplish that but I’d have to say my 2019 world silver means the most because it really has taken a lifetime for me to achieve and I’ve had to overcome some huge obstacles and setbacks to reach that goal.
Introduce us to a day in your life.
A typical day for me is usually waking up about 8am. I then have breakfast and get ready for my first training which usually starts about 10.30am and lasts until 1.30/2pm. I then have lunch at the gym, which is usually always a protein bar and some fruit, have a nap and start training again around 3pm for my second training session.
I finish training for the day around 5.30/6pm then I head home for dinner and recovery which involves icing, a hot bath and recovery flush with my normatec machine. Then I usually watch TV / chill out with my family before I go to bed.
Exercises that comprise a part of your fitness regime or workout routine that you may like to share with our viewers?
I do cardio sessions 3x per week which are mainly on the bike or cross trainer. I keep the impact low because my impact is high in the Gymnastics gym. These cardio session range from 20 – 40 minutes and are filled with interval training work.
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