Meet Krystal Molina, Pro-Football Player
TS Fitness is proud to support the wide diversity of our community and our staff. June is not only Men’s Health month but also Pride Month. We’re highlighting the awesome accomplishments of Krystal Molina, a member of our Fitness Concierge Team and proud gay athlete.
When Krystal isn’t creating the artwork on our chalkboard or helping our members with their memberships, you can find her leading the New York Sharks, part of the Women’s Professional Football league, to victory.
Krystal began her football career playing in a more mild, co-ed two-hand touch football league that ultimately shutdown after her second season. Krystal, fortunately, stumbled upon the Sharks a few weeks later and successfully tried out for the team. As a new Shark, she started at safety, winning the team’s Rookie of the Year Award. She is currently finishing up her sixth year with the team. “I may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest but I play every second with all my heart,” said Krystal.
Over the years, Krystal has expanded her versatility and is almost always on the field. She not only plays defense but also is a starting receiver and the punt returner. “It’s a tough sport--women can be quite emotional and extremely competitive and aggressive on the field” said Krystal.
Playing professional football is not easy deal--Krystal practices at least twice a week at night during the season and travels each weekend for games across the east coast. Since she is running up and down the field for almost the entire game, it's an intense cardio and endurance workout.
To stay in shape and improve her conditioning, Krystal is an avid weightlifter and incorporates intense cardio, like running hills, into her routine. “Working in a fitness environment gives me no excuses to avoid training,” said Krystal. She also has seen the benefits of taking TS Fitness HIIT classes. “HIIT has really improved my cardio and endurance, helping me last the entire game on the field,” Krystal said. “I’ve seen a noticeable improvement in my breathing.” During the off-season, she stays active by playing softball and boxing.
Krystal is proud to support the LGBT community. “It is important to be present and visible. You gotta be you and live your life,” said Krystal. She has participated in a variety of Pride events throughout this June, including a trip to the Washington, DC pride parade with her teammates. She plans on marching with the Sharks in the New York Pride Parade later this month.