With the 2012 Summer Olympics in full swing, there’s no doubt that people are talking about the hottest Olympic bodies and how they get them and how Olympians train and workout.
Olympic-hopefuls do extensive training programs to ensure they are in top shape to compete. While Olympic competitors are the best in the world, there are several “secrets” of Olympic training that can boost any fitness program, no matter the level.
5 Tips for training like a world-class athlete
1. Balanced diet and hydration- For Olympic-level performance and off-the-chart energy, you must eat properly including eating a balanced breakfast of complex carbohydrates and lean protein, then eat again every 3-4 hours and within 90 minutes of working out. Consume half your bodyweight in fluid ounces of water and if exercising intensely or for long duration more than an hour, consume a sports-drink with electrolytes such as Gatorade.
2. Proper sleep is essential- High-level athletes that are training hard need 7-10 hours sleep. Focus on quality of sleep for optimal hormonal release.
3. Hire a coach- Great athletes have coaches. People that want significant changes need help with game-planning, motivation, technique, and accountability and a certified professional can dramatically help increase results.
4. Use dynamic exercises and strength train- Instead of only using fixed-pieces of equipment, use medicine balls, stability balls, resistance bands, and free weights and integrate diagonal and rotational actions as well as unilateral exercises working the body in all 3 planes of motion. Run. Jump. Throw. In addition to getting stronger and leaner, quicker, and more powerful, lifting will maximize hormonal response. Strong muscles burn more calories, help prevent injuries, and build stronger bones.
5. Train with a partner or in a group– Olympic athletes are known to train together for years before they turn to competing against each other at the big event. Accountability is a big part of success and when you train with a friend, spouse, or in a group (such as how we do at Tulsa Fitness Systems), your adherence to exercise goes up. And helps pick up the intensity and brings out friendly competition.
When Dana Torres began training for the 2008 Olympics, she had a head coach, a sprint coach, a strength coach, two stretchers, two masseuses, a chiropractor, and a nanny.
This was the team she set up to help her succeed. Having support and accountability is one of the well-known secrets to success.
Andrew Carnegie once said, “Take away my railroads, take away my factories, take away all my money, but leave me my people and I’ll have it all
back and more in six months.”
Surround yourself with people who will support you and assist and help you when it comes to achieving your goals.
Your fitness coach,
P.S. I was just on FOX 23 News sharing the “5 Secrets of Olympic Athletes”. Check out the video clip at the link below-
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Clint Howard, MS is the Founder/Director of Tulsa Fitness Systems. Clint has a Bachelors degree in Health & Exercise Science and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, both from the University of Oklahoma. Clint is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and American College of Sports Medicine and is also a Certified Boot Camp Instructor through the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association, Certified Metabolic Training Expert, Certified Resistance Band Training Expert, and a certified golf fitness trainer through the Titleist Performance Institute.