5 questions with triple-Olympic medalist Andrew Lauterstein
Science mandates that 21 days is all it takes for one to develop a habit. But if you don't have a week to spare and are still looking to recharge your mind and body, the seven-day Chōsen experience might very well be just the thing for you. Think of it as a luxe getaway tossed up with adventure elements, the discipline of a fitness retreat, and the healing properties of a wellness vacation — all this led by experts who reign in their very own fields.
From 25 June to 1 July, triple-Olympic medalist swimmer, CrossFit Games athlete, and entrepreneur Andrew Lauterstein will lead the Chōsen pack in Bali through a series of adventure activities. Below, he talks about translating training ethos into daily life, the businesses he has started, and what participants can look forward to at the upcoming Chōsen experience in Bali.
What elements of your Olympic training do you see yourself using to this day?
My early morning training sessions made me an early riser for life, which is said to be a habit of successful people. Swimming has taught me to focus on the end goal and visualise myself winning. Focus and visualisation have become second nature to me, and something that helps me in shaping my life.
How does your swimming training help your approach to business?
I learnt through my swimming career to not overthink things. With swimming, if you think too much, your body tenses and you can't perform at your optimal level. Instead, I would focus on the swimming rhythm and feeling the strokes. It is the same in business and life, feeling the daily rhythm is most important.
You have a lot on the go. Tell us a little about the motivation behind each of your business ventures?
Engine Swim was a very natural business for me to get involved in. It takes on my knowledge of swimming performance and competition, as well as contributes to promoting the sport I love.
I also opened the New Wave Swim School in late 2015, and am grateful to have a chance to coach and motivate young and aspiring athletes through our 'Learn to swim' program.
My Chōsen weeks in Bali are always something I look forward to. It is yet another chance to share my professional experience while enjoying beautiful Bali. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to work with people from different walks of life and know that you are contributing to improving their overall wellbeing and lifestyle.
So what can we expect from a week spent with you at a Chōsen experience?
A lot of laughs, I would say. The spirit of the Chōsen experiences is very relaxed and easy-going, but at the same time we manage to fit in quite a lot of training and adventure. We do daily strength and mobility training, plus a few swimming sessions of course. The adventure part changes every time, so I am in for a surprise myself!
It's a great week of reflection, relaxation, exploration and resetting. So the aim is to spend some time training, sharing experiences and enjoying delicious wholesome food in a special place.
What do you look forward to most when coaching participants during a Chōsen week?
I love the Yin yoga sessions at the end of each day, as this is the part that challenges me the most.
I also look forward to being a part of the group of the participants, who we call ninjas. The groups are very well curated and the experiences attract like-minded stellar people! Everyone ends up learning from each other and leaves inspired by one another's achievements and aspirations.
Find out more about Andrew Lauterstein's stint with Chōsen.