“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” 

Body Helix Brand Ambassadors embody this quote.  Our ambassador program supports athletes of all ages that strive to make injury prevention and injury management a part of their everyday routine.  To learn more about becoming a Body Helix Ambassador, click here!

ERICA PERKINS JASPER
Chief Operating Officer of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)

Perkins Jasper played college tennis at Washington State University, where she earned a BA in History and an ED. M in Athletic Administration. She is the only player in Washington State Tennis history to participate in four NCAA Team Championships and was the first player from WSU to be selected to the NCAA Singles Championships.

Jasper was inducted into the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2015.

 

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

I have played tennis for as long as I can remember (probably pushing 35 years at this point).  I was a competitive junior tennis player and played college tennis at Washington State University.  

Earlier this year I completed my first half marathon—and although I don’t particularly love the (length of) training runs, I really enjoyed the competitive nature of the race, supportive running community, and the mental and physical challenge of completing 13.1.  

I have become a fan in the last year of Orange Theory Fitness—and go to that 4-5 days a week.  

I am also an amateur yogini.  Love all types of yoga, but in particular in the hot room. 

 

What do you love most about your sport?

Tennis: it’s never easy and it’s such a combination of mental and physical.  It also has provided me with so many opportunities: two degrees, my career, lifelong friends, unreal memories!

Running: I’m not very good at it, so it’s an amazing challenge.

Orange Theory Fitness: Toughest workout out there for me—and time efficient.  As a mom with two little kids, time efficient is KEY!  I love the camaraderie of the location I go to and the coaches there and HR monitoring keeps me pushing my upper limits.

Yoga: Makes you go inside and be in touch with your body.  I LOVE the hot room as the heat is therapeutic and I find it is easier for me (a less than naturally flexible person) to ease into some of the more challenging poses.

 

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Keep stretching my upper limits—especially as I get older—while still being kind to my body and investing in physical and mental recovery.  😊

 

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you? 

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou

Stu Saiki

STU SAIKI

 

 

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?

As a kid growing up in Hawaii I surfed and also played baseball, football, basketball, and volleyball. I started playing in junior tennis tournaments when I was sixteen, played college tennis at the University of Hawaii, and then played on the ATP tour for a couple years. I continue to compete today in national and international senior tennis tournaments.

 

What do you love most about your sport?

Not only does playing tennis provide a healthy lifestyle that I enjoy, it provides me with a continued challenge to find new ways to develop and improve as a competitor.

 

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Increasing my strength, endurance, and flexibility in order to remain injury free and compete at the highest levels in national and international competition. 

 

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” -Arthur Ashe

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

-Henry Ford