If you haven’t heard of Molly Hannis just yet, it’s only a matter of time before you do. Swimming’s newest “It Girl” has gotten everyone talking, and now that’s she’s officially a part of #teamTYR, we’re psyched to have her on board. Read on below to get to know Molly!
What is your favorite TYR Suit?
Women’s Avictor Omaha Nights Closed Back (Multi color print)
What is in your training bag on a typical day?
- Extra workout clothes
- Some kind of snack bar
- A water bottle
- My “speed glitter” (glitter I rub on before I swim)
- A suit, cap and goggles
What are five things no one knows about you?
- I love playing any and all sports.
- I want to learn how to be a better cook.
- I swim faster when I use my “speed glitter.”
- I know I’m warmed up and ready to race when I’ve sneezed at least twice (weird habit, I know).
- I have the best family in the whole world.
What are five things that you are thankful for?
- My friends and family
- My coaches and teammates
- The University of Tennessee
- Great competitors in the US women’s breaststroke events
- TYR Sport for working with me as I begin my professional career
Motivational words to live by:
“Wake up, work hard, repeat!”
“Only she who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.”
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Pre-practice: 2 hard boiled egg whites and a banana with peanut butter
Post practice: A shake or a bar, and yogurt with apples and granola
What is your greatest athletic accomplishment?
Winning short course nationals in the 100 yd breaststroke
What is your great personal accomplishment?
Graduating from the University of Tennessee
What is the best advice you have received?
Every practice is a performance and every performance is practice
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?
I hope I never get sucked into a reality TV show.
What are your hobbies outside of swimming?
Playing volleyball, soccer, reading and soaking up the sun
What is your most memorable race and why?
My most memorable race was probably the 400 Medley relay at women’s NCAAs in 2013. It was my first NCAA title, and I remember it being the ultimate team effort.
What are three words that describe you as a competitor?
Graceful, efficient and reckless
What are three words that describe you as a person?
Friendly, funny and competitive
If you weren’t a swimmer, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t swimming I would heading out into the job market- and probably working with kids in some capacity.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Working in some sports related field
What advice would you give to a young swimmer/triathlete?
Set your mind to whatever you want most and find a way to make it happen.
As many of our fans know, team TYR recently partnered with Well + Good to showcase our current collection of Active apparel in a three day studio takeover. During the event we visited a bunch of awesome fitness boutiques and health clubs throughout Manhattan, one of which being Row House Chelsea.
After the takeover, we were totally sore (and pretty obsessed). So, we reached out to Studio Manager and Row House Coach Scott Marchfeld for more information on what TYR fans could expect from a typical class. In addition to being an avid marathon runner, Scott has five years of competitive rowing experience from both Rollins College and the New York Athletic Club. So, who better to ask about the benefits of adding this type of workout to a fitness regime?
With multiple locations throughout New York City, Row House continues to grow each year. If you’re in the area, or are simply interested in learning more about trying out a rowing class near you, check out our interview with Scott below:
What type of workout should people expect to experience at your studio?
People who come to my class will row with adequate, efficient technique within the first five minutes. Once technique is covered, then we dive into a variety of short interval workouts and long-distance endurance pieces. At Row House we expect athletes to find it within themselves to work outside of their comfort zones. Progress in the sport of rowing requires maximum effort. I tell everyone that this will be the best workout they’ve done all week, and they always agree when they leave the studio.
What are some of the benefits of rowing?
Rowing is great because we guarantee a low-impact, full-body workout combined with some intense cardio. These three facets are very difficult to find in other exercises. If executed correctly, rowing will provide the same benefits of a boot camp or HIIT training program without the constant jarring and impact on your joints. This is why we see a lot of former runners join our classes. They know there is little risk of injury on the rowing machine.
What muscles would a class at your studio work?
Glutes, quads, hamstrings, lower back, abdominals and shoulders.
What’s your favorite pose/ exercise? Why?
The deadlift. It’s a mirror image of the rowing stroke. Plus, as a runner, I need strong glutes. The deadlift is perfect for that.
How would a swimmer or triathlete benefit from incorporating this type of workout into their routine?
A 45-minute rowing exercise is the most efficient workout on the market. Athletes in NYC are always crunched on time. We promise to work every muscle group in the body, as well as accomplish the cardio gains, all while rowing on the machine. As a marathon runner myself, I’ve experienced a different level of cardio and endurance when I incorporate more rowing into my marathon training.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to try rowing for the first time?
Give it time. Understand the stroke before you try to work too hard. A lot of times people who are new to rowing jump on the machine and start rowing at high stroke ratings. You need to focus on technique and learn to row powerful at low ratings first.
Last question. As a trainer and marathon runner, what’s your go-to meal pre/post workout?
Whole wheat pasta and cottage cheese!