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Brand Ambassadors • 25 October 2021 • 3 min

Kickboxer Mariell Gaassand Straum puts her dukes up against gender stereotypes

By Zinzino

Who says kickboxing is for ‘guys’? Not Mariell Gaassand Straum, the 23-year-old full-contact kickboxer from Norway. In good company with her brothers, Patrick and Raymond (both professionals), the trio are smashing records all over. While full-contact kickboxing is high-impact, it calls for deep focus and flow. For Mariell, Zinzino has become one of her greatest assets in the ring.

What awards and recognition have you received?

“To date, my greatest achievement is reaching the World Cup gold at a senior level. I have a junior World Cup bronze, a junior European silver, and several national titles. My goal is to become a world champion in full-contact kickboxing. 

Can you tell us about any challenges you’ve faced?

“I’ve battled two long-term injuries in the past five years, which have required a lot of rest and rehab training. After the second injury, I felt like giving up. However, I realized that professional kickboxing is my dream and to become the best, I had to continue. After consistent rehabilitation, in my comeback year I won my first World Cup gold (senior). Each time I step into the ring, I overcome mental resistance and progress forward.”

Did your initial Omega-6:3 ratio surprise you? Has it changed from your first reading?

“I was aware of the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids, but I hadn’t heard about the ratio before. When I did my first test, I had an Omega-6:3 ratio of 17:1, which was extremely shocking. I have always consumed fish multiple times per week, but it was only after taking BalanceOil that I adjusted my ratio to be in a healthy range.”

How did you first hear about Zinzino?

“My mother introduced me to Zinzino after using the products for four years. She thought the products would suit me well. I’m really happy with the results.”


What Zinzino products do you currently use?

“I use the BalanceOil and Xtend every day. There’s always a Zinzino Energy Bar in my training bag in case I need something light before my session. I also use ZinoBiotic periodically. Now, I only use Zinzino supplements to support my physical health.”

Tell us about your performance since using Zinzino.

“After starting on these products, I’ve noticed that I’m better focused during my training. Kickboxing is a technical sport, so I have to be on my game to avoid being hit. Investing in a healthy, balanced body also helps me recover faster after difficult sessions.”

Why should people think about BalanceOil?

“We consume too little Omega-3 without realizing it. I believe these fatty acids help us stay healthy and mentally sharp so we can succeed in our days.”

Are these products just for athletes?

“No, I genuinely think everyone can benefit from Zinzino’s products. Good nutrition is essential for all of us. Not just athletes.”

Explain your experience with Zinzino in one sentence.

“It’s easy to be strong, healthy and centered with Zinzino.”

Continue learning about Mariell’s journey with Zinzino on Facebook or Instagram (@kickboxing_trio).