Ylva Schwartz

Rugby Sweden

My name is Ylva Schwartz and I play rugby for the Swedish national side. Sport has always been a way of life for me, and I love to be part of a team where everyone is working towards the same goal. As an athlete I put my heart and soul into the sport and every time I’m with my team they remind me of why I love this sport so much.

What does Forever Better mean to you?

For me, Forever Better is striving to always become a better athlete. Setting personal goals and finding ways to reach them is part of developing as an athlete. To be dedicated and create a lifestyle where the main focus is on becoming a better athlete is not always easy. But to keep eyes on the goal and get the work done even at harder times makes you grow as an individual. And that makes you forever better.

How does your training routine look like?

My training routine varies over the year based on what the season looks like. But generally my training always consists of 10-12 sessions a week. In the pre-season I have main focus on building strength and aerobic fitness and the closer the season gets focus is on anaerobic training, sprints, plyometrics and maintaining strength. Recovery sessions are very important and is always part of my training routine.

What are your goals for the future?

One of my goals is to be able to play rugby abroad after finishing my studies in Sweden. Rugby is not a very big sport in Sweden and to get the opportunity to play abroad is really valuable. One of my other goals is to get more girls into rugby so that they realise what a beautiful sport it is.

What’s one piece of kit you could not live without?

The foam roller is my absolute best friend after tough sessions. It’s easy to bring and can be used in many ways to speed up recovery. I love it!

Why is Rest and Recovery important to your performance?

At this level training becomes a part of my lifestyle and it is really important to schedule rest and recovery. As an athlete I’m striving to always become better and I really love training so if I didn’t have recovery sessions on my schedule I would forget them. They are vital for performance and I take them very seriously. I make sure to sleep at least 8 hours every night and see warm-up and warm-down as a part of every session. When rest and recovery are prioritised magic happens.