TIME OUT: 10 Questions with Zach McGinnis

We asked our Athlete Ambassadors to answer these 10 fun questions all about their workouts, inspirations, and lives.  Read on for 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier Zach McGinnis’ answers:

Name:  Zach McGinnis
City of residence: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Profession: Professional Swimmer (New York Athletic Club). Senior Management Fellow – City of Fort Lauderdale

1. Do you have any pre-event superstitions or rituals?
I have a routine I follow the hour leading into a race. Maybe the weirdest thing I do is I always stretch the left side of my body before the right side.

2. What do you like to do in the off-season?
Swimming doesn’t really have an off-season. I don’t think I took more than 3 days off unless I had a medical issue.

3. If you weren’t an athlete, what would you be doing now?
I’ve always been interested in photography and design so I probably would have spent time learning to do more with that.

4. What is your guilty pleasure snack or meal?

5. What is your biggest weakness?

6. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
I wish could I speak more languages.

7. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleport. I could see the world faster and cheaper.

8. What is your typical training diet?
For breakfast I have either eggs or bagels with fruit. Lunch I normally eat two peanut butter sandwiches. For dinner I usually eat pasta or some chicken or steak with sides. I eat Mexican food a lot as well for dinner. I try to avoid fried foods and soda.

9. Can you share a current goal or resolution that you have for yourself?
Right now I’m just focused on continuing to better myself and enjoying each day.

10. Why are you an Athlete vs. Epilepsy?
When I was diagnosed with epilepsy I struggled a lot personally. Athletes vs. Epilepsy has helped me realize that I’m not the only one who struggles and not only that it has allowed me to help inspire others who are struggling. Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy and Athletes vs. Epilepsy provides a great platform for athletes to help others who may be struggling or in need of some inspiration.

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