Adam Gant grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley, which provided the opportunity for him to pursue a variety of outdoor sporting activities, including rock climbing, sailing, skiing, basketball, baseball, and mountain biking. These activities instilled in Adam a sense of passion, determination, and endurance that have aided in him professional and recreational pursuits.
He eventually found his way onto the Varsity Rowing team at the University of British Columbia. His preparations for all the other sports in his life, in actuality, prepared Adam for an incredibly successful career on the water. He quickly developed into one of the leaders on the team, setting records on the rowing machine during his novice year. He later went on to win medals at the Canada Cup and the National Championships. With genuine leadership experience in tow, Adam Gant was equipped for success in future athletic endeavors as well as in his professional life.
After earning the British Columbia Provincial Premier’s Award for achievement in rowing in 2002, Adam Gant decided to move to Victoria to begin training with the National Team. He was grateful to have the opportunity to compete under Mike Spracklen, an internationally renowned rowing coach who has led multiple teams to success at both the Olympic games and Rowing World Championships. With a focus on the next round of trials for world championship team selection, Adam went on to win silver medals in the World Cup at Princeton and the National Cup in Italy.
Although Adam Gant no longer rows competitively, he does continue to train and pursue various athletic involvements including marathons and triathlons. In all of Adam’s athletic pursuits, he strives to improve his abilities and consistently take on bigger challenges. Most notably, Adam has begun to get back into mountain climbing along with his friend from rowing, Adam Creek. They recently summited Mount Arrowsmith, the largest mountain on southern Vancouver Island. Over the next couple of years, the duo has plans to summit several more mountains throughout the region. Mountain climbing is certainly not an activity for the faint of heart, but it is a worthwhile one. Adam Gant finds it to be both exhilarating and rewarding, so resuming his involvement in the sport has been a positive shift in his life.
Throughout all of these athletic endeavours, Adam Gant has learned a great deal about the importance of fitness, nutrition, and proper training. Having trained at high levels in many different sports focused on both strength and endurance Adam has come to understand how to quickly change body weight and muscle composition to adapt to the best body type for an individual sport. Between the right kinds of timing of nutrition to the management of sleep there are numerous insights and important techniques to achieving high performance. Fitness and athletics are not simple initiatives, after all, and Adam Gant knows well the demanding nature of intensive sports and physical activities.
This understanding of human conditioning has also provided a big benefit to improved productivity at the office and for business travel when back-to-back red-eye flights are required to fit in all of the components of a busy schedule. In training for any sport there is a tug of war between two different states of mind — relaxation and intensity. Training to be relaxed allows you to perform in the “zone,” which is especially important for longer endurance events. Meanwhile, extreme intensity and stress forces the body to become stronger. All of these components are essential for training and performance when it comes to sports, and understanding the relationship between relaxation and intensity when it comes to physical fitness and athletics has helped Adam Gant effectively prepare his mind and body for demanding tasks.
One of the great Mike Spracklen quotes—“The body will adjust to whatever stress is placed upon it”—describes the simple relationship that exists between hard training or work and an improved ability to perform. In Mike’s case, the context includes the clear intention to win a gold medal, which requires a training schedule and intensity that no other team would match (otherwise why delude ourselves into thinking we have a chance to win). Holding ourselves to a standard of such height naturally forces us to become better athletes.
Being active in athletics such as mountain climbing and competitive rowing is a demanding task, but it is one that Adam Gant thoroughly enjoys. With the challenges associated with training and performing at his best, Adam thrives in adverse conditions and faces obstacles directly. His determination and drive when it comes to athletics is unparalleled, and he demonstrates a similar energy in his professional endeavors.
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