Happy Helen is selected as a competitor on season 10 of American Ninja Warrior
We have such an incredible community of climbers working for and climbing at Rock Spot Climbing. Today we sat down with one of our fitness instructors, Helen Lin who made the cut to be on season 10 of American Ninja Warrior filming in Philadelphia, PA this week!
You’re really well known to our South Boston community, but for the rest of the climbing community, what are you known for in South Boston?
Before climbing, I was known for being an ice swimmer. I swam out of Curly Community Center in South Boston all months in the year. I even swam during that epic snow storm a few years ago and spent time shoveling snow down to the ocean to make a path to enter the water. I’m the #99 person in the world to swim an ice mile, which is 1 mile in under 41 degree water temperature. I’m also the only person in the world to have swam from Nantasket to Nahant and back, a distance of 18 miles (non stop) in 11.5 hours.
Along with being an instructor for our fitness classes, you also do some work as a personal trainer at HappyHelenfitne
I spend a lot of time working on myself in terms of fitness and athletics, so I started my side personal training business because I love helping other people feel great about themselves too! It is very rewarding when someone tells me I’ve made a difference in their life. There really is no better feeling than that!
How has climbing helped you prepare to compete as an American Ninja Warrior?
I started climbing 2.5 years ago at Rock Spot randomly with a friend. My identity was so wrapped up in swimming at the time that I was tired of feeling like “I’m just a swimmer” and rock climbing was a random thing that I thought would be fun. I was hooked immediately! I know we all love the fun movements and problem solving aspect of climbing, but personally, I love the socializing DURING climbing. In swimming, obviously there is no talking while you swim, but with bouldering there’s so much sitting around and conversing about beta and what not- I love it! I love bouldering specifically because it’s so dynamic, explosive and powerful- all things that a background of endurance swimming had zero help with, which is why I love the challenge. It has been really hard for me to activate these fast twitch muscles from a life long of swimming for hours in the ocean.