ActiveLife Activist: Olga Henry
Slackliner, Guinness World Record Holder X2, and ActiveLife Activist
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and your fitness background.
I am a slackliner and I’ve been doing this sport for about 5 years. I don’t have any additional background in fitness or gymnastics.
2) What has been your biggest client success story? Why do you think it was a success?
I am my own coach and a client.
For me personally the battle is to keep me healthy and pain free since tricklining (the kind of slacklining I do) is a high impact sport.
Doing massages and exercises besides actual training is a must.
3) Talk about the biggest failure you've had. What did you learn from it?
In my training I get an immediate feedback whether I do a trick correctly or not. I land it or I fall and get slapped by a line.
So the biggest failure would be to get scared, not to throw a trick correctly and then deal with the circumstances.
Also, a failure would be not to throw a trick you want to learn. It actually feels like a bigger failure to me.
4) What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?
I would be 7 years old. Yeah, in our sport kids progress like crazy.
But since I can’t change that I wouldn’t change anything. I think I’m doing as much as I can.
5) Which people or books have had the most influence on in your life and why?
I really like discovering “Flow”. If you are not familiar you should get it.
Steven Kotler wrote a book about it. It really helps to understand how not to have fear.
For me it’s the biggest barrier I have to go through while training.
6) What weekend hobbies do you enjoy?
I pretty much don’t do anything besides slacklining.
Even if I do photo shoots or record funny videos they are all about slacklining.
Sometimes if I’m injured and I can’t train I go running if I can. I like running uphill. I
also like taking long walks or watch my boyfriend play disk golf. He is a slackliner as well but it’s one of his hobbies.
7) Whats your favorite movie?
I really like comedies or just good movies.
You know that feeling when you just watched a good movie? I watch movies on planes, it’s the only way for me to get through long flights.
8) Whats your favorite food?
I really like fish and sea food in general. I can eat it all day long!
9) What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I started slacklining when I was 32 years old.
People normally don’t start a new sport from ground zero at that age. I did and I’m really happy about it.
It’s never too late to find your passion and start training. That’s why I want to inspire others to do the same. I have two Guinness Records now in slacklining and I really enjoy training and progressing.
10) What's your favorite part about being an ActiveLife Activist?
I like to get to test different creative one of a kind things!
I love supporting my body to stay healthy and I experiment with new techniques and exercises.
So for me, getting a package from ActiveLife is like getting a new toy for a kid.
Check out Olgas website and info, here: www.bounceandflip.com