Meet the crew: Buffy Williams

We’re thrilled to announce the newest Athlete to join our Hydrow crew: Buffy Williams!

As a three-time Olympian, kinesiologist, and mom, Buffy knows how to balance priorities to make time for a healthy lifestyle. Her competitive spirit combined with her practical approach to fitness are what fuel her passion for efficient high-energy workouts. From her infectious laugh to her relatable personality, Buffy will help you unlock your potential and have fun on and off the water!

Read on to learn a bit more about Buffy as she answered a few questions from our crew:

How did you get into rowing?

My older sister rowed and I could be found cheering her on from the grandstands. Eventually I tried rowing at a summer camp however the sport didn’t resonate with me until high school.  Thanks to a relentless barrage of daily words of encouragement from the high school rowing coach I finally joined the team.

What’s your proudest rowing achievement?

Representing Canada as an Olympian was a dream I had as a little girl. I felt incredibly proud realizing that dream as I marched into the stadium at my first Games behind the Canadian flag, wearing the national kit and hearing the crowds cheer as they announced ‘Canada’. That feeling was trumped at a future Games when I became the first Canadian rower to compete with the title Olympian AND Mama. My heart was full.

How has being a mom influenced your relationship with rowing?

After I had my first child I decided to return to competitive rowing, truly believing I had more to give and could achieve new personal bests. I was sensitive to the fact that this was an egocentric choice, since sport is often about self and pushing your own personal boundaries. That being said, I love being an athlete and by still pursuing that challenge I was ultimately a better mom. 

Being a mom also made me a better athlete, hands down. I was acutely aware during training when I was away from my child and therefore each stroke was taken with intention, every workout was focused, and each weight lifted needed to have purpose. I made it a point to be either in 100% athlete mode, or 100% mom mode, where I could truly be in the moment balancing both.

I will admit for a dozen years I didn’t get out in a boat very much due to the time commitment and a partner that traveled frequently for work. It was more efficient to hop on an indoor rower or go for a run. But as the dynamics in my home change and the kids get older I am thrilled to find myself back in a boat reconnecting with my sport on the water.

Why are you excited to join the Hydrow crew?

I’m excited to join the Hydrow crew because I would like Members to experience fun, innovative, and challenging workouts. It’s an honor to be part of someone’s athletic or healthy living goals, and I believe joining the Hydrow crew is a huge opportunity for me to positively impact many people on their fitness journey. 

How would you describe your workout style?

I love to lead a good HITT style workout knowing you can accomplish so much in a short window of time. It’s a great ‘bang for your buck!’ At the same time, I know the benefits of working out at different intensities and appreciate tapping into each of those zones, whether it is a consistent steady effort or striving to push personal limits.

What activities do you enjoy when you’re not on the water? 

My favorite activity is doing some form of outdoor activity with my family — whether it is going lakeside, exploring a beach, hiking, throwing a frisbee, playing tennis, rollerblading, or running. I love hanging with our pup, cuddling and taking her on a good hike — especially if it is a family affair. Board games are a favorite family pastime too!

I also enjoy doing local work as a kinesiologist. I work one-on-one with clients to determine how to tackle injuries, weaknesses, and improve quality of life through movement. 

What’s your go-to style of music for your workout playlists?

I tend to be a Top 10 gal. That could be a top 10 song from the 90’s or today. I don’t have one particular style of music. My selection of music really depends on the planned workout and the vibe I’m going for! 

What’s a fun fact about you that not many people might know?

I love dessert. I skim the dessert portion of a menu prior to ordering my main dinner. If something strikes my interest I order strategically to ensure I have enough room for dessert!

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