Ever envisioned yourself majestically running along the beach 1990’s Baywatch style? Sprinting through the sand effortlessly? Well, dream no more! For all of you aspiring beach sprinters, surf life savers or runners looking for a new challenge – we caught up with beach sprinting champion Bree Masters to find out how to train like a beach sprinter and get her top tips!
Ever since I was six years old, beach sprinting has been a big passion of mine. Growing up in Cronulla, Sydney, my parents got me involved in Surf Life Saving to gain surf awareness and become comfortable in the ocean from a young age. I participated in multiple sports while I was training there, but beach sprinting soon became my favourite.
Now, I’m 24 years old and the current Female Australian Beach Sprint Champion! Over the years, I have faced many ups and downs and it has been one rollercoaster ride to get to where I am now. But all of those lessons have got me to where I am today. So, I wanted to share my top tips to train like a sprinter.
Here are my top tips on how to train like an Australian Beach Sprinter.
1: STAYING DETERMINED & MOTIVATED
It’s always important to stay determined and motivated throughout the process. This is can be hard, as there will always be days or weeks where you don’t feel your best. However, I am always reminding myself of my goals and what I want to achieve to keep me driving towards success and working hard. The rewards in the end always make every minute of the process worth it, and there is nothing better than achieving the goals you set for yourself!
So, if you feel your motivation drop just remind yourself of what you’re working towards and why, to re-spark that determination and energy.
2: FUELLING MY BODY WITH THE BEST NUTRITION
Nutrition is key for any athlete. I am always fuelling my body with the best quality food to help my body perform, recover and feel good. I make sure I get all macros in my diet, as well as extra protein supplementation to help build lean muscle and strength to increase my performance.
When you’re training for a specific event or goal it’s important to make sure that you’re eating the right things for the right purpose and in the right amount. A Nutritionist or Dietitian can help you develop the right plan for you and your goals.
I train 5 days a week (sometimes twice a day) on the track, at the gym and on the sand. Part of my training schedule is recovery. Because recovery is just as important as my training! I always make sure I find time to stretch, foam roll, jump in the ice bath and put on compression garments to make sure my body gets the recovery it needs to back up for the next session.
4: LEARNING FROM BAD AND WORK FOR THE GOOD
I have experienced many ups and downs throughout my career and have learnt from my mistakes and set-backs. The process is never going to be perfect or smooth sailing, and there will always be bumps in the road. I have battled injuries and illness, which set me back, but only made me want to come back stronger. I am grateful for all the lessons I have learnt, and it has helped me become more motivated and determined to achieve my goals. I never let these set-backs hold me back from achieving my goals.
So if you experience a set back or if something doesn’t go to plan, just remember that there’s something that you can learn that will help you be stronger and more successful in future!
Bree Masters is an Australian Beach Sprinter who lives on the Gold Coast.
Over the years I have become a multiple state, Australia, and world champion beach sprint and flag medallist and have represented my state and country multiple times as well. Including being the 2016/2017 World Beach Sprint Champion, current Australian Beach Sprint Champion and this year I’m second fastest beach sprinter in the world!
I am also a student who currently studies a Bachelor of Communications (Business) majoring in Marketing and Public Relations at Bond University.