Thomas Forbang: Meticulous Preparation to Compete

The Adult 50+ 2017 and 2018 champions are preparing to travel to Beijing, China to compete in the World Championship of Yoga Sports, December 1-2. This series of blog posts will explore their journey.

Thomas Forbang won the Adult 50+ Men’s Division Gold Medal at the 2018 USA Yoga Nationals in Madison, WI as well as the Bronze Medal in 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI.

1) Why are you competing in Internationals?
Because I ranked high enough in the 2017/2018 USA Yoga National Championship competitions and that earned me an invite to the Internationals.

2) What drives you to make this journey?
Sheer love for the sport and more exposure to the international world which potentially can land some advertising interests from companies.

3)  How are you preparing for the International Competition? Include types of practice, diet, meditation, etc.
I have begun my 90 days of competition training (since September 1) with drills that target spine flexibility, shoulder thawing and hip opening. I am also striving to maintain a Body Fat Ratio (BFR) of under 15% by meticulously balancing appropriate calories consumed versus calories burned.

4) What are you most excited about?
Stepping once again on the biggest yoga stage in the world - The International Yoga Championship competitions. Also, getting to visit Asia for the first time. We will be stopping by Tokyo, Japan on our way back.

5) Will any friends/family travel with you? Who?
Oh yes - my wife! She is my spine. She joins my head to my lower body using my mid body :)  

6) How long have you been practicing?
2018 is my 7th year practicing.

7) What is your profession?
I am a software developer and a design, data and application architect.

8) Where do you regularly practice/are you a yoga teacher (name the studio, including city and state)?
I practice daily at the YogaWorks Fairfax studio in Fairfax City, Virginia and just recently became Yoga Alliance certified (RYT 200) as a Hot 60/90 yoga instructor

9) Any other info you want us to know.
I am looking fervently to the Internationals again. More importantly, I want to be one of the members of Team USA who brings the ultimate  trophy home in the Men's Adult 50+ division  just like we did in 2016 in Pordenone, Italy.

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