WNT Dec 11, 2009
On the second day of training camp, the U.S. Women's National Team ran the "Beep Test" also known as the Yo Yo Intermittent Test. Twenty-three-year-old midfielder Yael "Ya Ya" Averbuch got the best score in camp. Although Averbuch has put up good scores in the past, the test is usually dominated by veterans who have layered in their fitness for years. How did Averbuch come out on top this time? The WNT Blog asked her...
She said there were three things that contributed to her doing well on the fitness test:
1) As she is still in school at UNC, she trained consistently with the college team and national team players who are based in and around the Chapel Hill area.
2) She played one-to-two hours of pick-up soccer almost every night with some excellent local guys and a few girls, which she thinks helped layer in her own fitness as she was playing at night on top of training during the day.
And here's the kicker (no pun intended), which she thinks might have been the biggest factor...
3) For some reason, she had the lyrics to a Lil Wayne song running in her head during the entire beep test. Said Yael: "It was like my new mantra. I just kept repeating them and I was so focused on the words that I didn't feel the pain. Then at one point, I looked around and no one else was running anymore. I don't even know what score I got on the test, I just ran."
Call her Yael Gump.
The big question is, during the next beep test, will she stick with Lil Wayne, or does 50 Cent or Eminem get a run?
"Heck no," said Averbuch. "Lil Wayne is definitely my running partner from now on."
"Yo, Yael...I'll run with you anytime." - Lil Wayne