ERICA PERKINS JASPER
Chief Operating Officer of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) | runner | tennis player | yogi | orange theory fitness enthusiast
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 would label myself a “beginner” runner and am a member of Oiselle Volee.
I also have become a fan in the last year of Orangetheory 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.
OTF: 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 is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?
I love my Patella Helixes!
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.”