April 16, 2008
Anna Beardman, an outfielder for the Cardinal, is a senior from Perris, Calif. One of the team's quickest players, she has become one of the school's career leaders in both triples and stolen bases. This season, she has proved herself as a consistent slap hitter for Stanford and owns a .276 batting average with two doubles, a triple and six stolen bases.
Describe your job as a personal trainer.
Being a personal trainer was something I always wanted to do because I wanted to help people learn to enjoy physical activity and incorporate it into their daily lives. As a personal trainer, my main concern is that my clients find exercise fun and challenging, and that they feel better walking out of the gym than when they stepped in. It is also very important to me to convey the importance of a healthy weight and physical fitness not only in their current health status, but also for their future. When I started personal training in my junior year of undergraduate, it was as much for my well being as my clients. It makes me feel good when my clients see their results, feel better physically, and ask me questions about their fitness that I can help them with. Positive results in my clients makes me feel as great as it makes them feel.
What did you do over the summer?
I did an internship at the S.P.O.R.T. clinic in Riverside, CA. The clinic gives sports medicine treatment to high school athletes in the Inland Empire at no cost to the students. I learned a lot about rehabilitation principles, sports injuries, specific joints and their injuries, and I also was able to interact with a plethora of great people, both the staff at the clinic and the athletes that came in. I learned more than sports medicine principles at the clinic from the two leaders Jim Clover and Jim Winn; they are two great examples of humility and service for the community.
Describe one of your favorite hobbies.
I love cooking, however where I live on campus right now I do not have a kitchen. When I am home I enjoy cooking healthy meals, maybe too healthy for my family's taste. I'm always trying to make baked goods that are healthy, and I seem to be the only one that likes them! I am looking forward to having a kitchen again and cooking a lot more in the future. I can't wait to try cooking some regional and ethnic dishes.
What's been your best memory so far with Stanford softball?
Some of my best memories are the time we spend together off the field. We are so fortunate on our team to have the chemistry that we do and strong friendships off the field. A fond memory I have of this year is our bus road trip to Fullerton. We got a flat tire about two hours into the drive and enjoyed some pie in the middle of nowhere.
What's the best advice you've received?
The best advice came from my family early on in my childhood. They always told me to work hard in school and in practice, and that if I did that I could do great things. I have had my eye on the goal of playing college softball since I was 8, so good advice for me was no one event, it was constant and consistent throughout my upbringing.
What's the best vacation you've ever taken?
My family took a vacation to Siesta Key, Florida last year and it was very special to me in a lot of ways. It was the first big vacation that my immediate family had taken in a very long time, and was even better because other family was there as well. The beach was amazing, and the weather was just how I like it...toasty.
Anna's outlook on the rest of the season:
At this point in the season the team knows what we have to do, and we know we can do it. The important and difficult part of a long season like ours is to stay focused and emotionally be ready for each game. We have found our stride, and will keep fighting for every win.