A new sport was shown off in New York this year. The NPGL, National Pro Grid League, was created to offer competitive fitness team competitions called the grid. The pinnacle, which is the name of the championship trophy was symbolized by one woman. The Rhinos, New York’s representative, selected a 5’1 130 pound dynamo from the University of Maryland, native of Boston.
Rachel Martinez was the first woman drafted by the Rhinos and they never regretted the decision. Rachel, who was a gymnast in college, took to the league well, providing leadership for a young team. Though they finished 1-4 they fought to the end in three close losses after winning their opener.
At 30, she coaches now with the same introspection and intensity. She was impressed in turn by her teammates.
“It’s amazing how we improved and came together.”
The woman who holds the record for 110 unbroken handstand pushups is as great a teacher and was unselfish concerning team goals. As team coach Ian Berger explained, ”
She loves her team and she wants to win all the time.” Berger said. “She’s one of those athletes that want to contribute as much as she can.”
The multi-time crossfit top five finisher believes in finding ways to push herself to the top of her chosen field. ”
Challenges motivate me. I have been working hard at things I am not good at or things that make me uncomfortable.” Rachel said. “When you can tackle the things you struggle with its a great feeling.”