Tuesday Tips: Fitness Tips from Olympians :)

2 Mar

Big up to all the Olympic athletes from Vancouver 2010!

I know that the winter games have already inspired at least one of my co-workers to start working out, so that inspired me to compile some notable tips from Olympic champions on everything from basic daily fitness to how to get into your peak condition! I mean, who better to learn from, right? 😀

Q: Any gym tips you’ve learned?
A: You’ve made the time to go to the gym, so don’t just go through the motions. Focus on what you’re doing and make sure you are doing the moves correctly (no shortcuts!) to reap the full benefits. Otherwise workouts are a waste of time. And make sure you feel the burn—that’s when you know you’re doing an exercise correctly. If you’re doing 20 crunches and you’re not struggling, make an adjustment so they’re harder to do. Don’t cheat yourself. If it isn’t burning, you’re not getting stronger.

~Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarder

Q: Best training tip?

A: Give yourself a post-workout reward. I keep a chocolate bar in my sled (hahaha) to munch on after a good race.
~ Noelle Pikus-Pace, Skeleton Racer

Q: What type of healthy diet do you follow when you’re training?

A: I was vegetarian for a long time, and in the last four years I started eating chicken and fish. I feel like it really built up my strength a lot.

~ Laura Wilkinson, Diver

Q: What kind of strngth training do you do?
A: A lot of core. I’ve learned that my core is so important when I’m changing directions and need that balance. It also helps me move quicker. And if you have a strong core, everything comes back quicker if you’ve been out because of injury.

~ Shannon Boxx, Soccer Player

Q: How do you keep motivated during tough training days?
I make a goal for every time I’m out there, whether it’s in the gym or on the snow. Sometimes it’s to do a set better or with more weight than before. I break it down into smaller challenges to keep it fun and focused.

~ Lindsey Vonn, Skiier

Q: What else do you do to stay in shape?
A: I love to be outside, so in the summer I spend a lot of time road biking and hiking, and I’ve recently taken up rock climbing again. I love the challenge of it. It keeps me flexible and strong, and it’s a great endurance workout as well.
~ Emily Cook, Aerial Skiier

Q: What’s your favorite strength move?
A: I love my warm-up, actually, because it gets all of my muscles ready and firing. It’s simple squats, non-weight-bearing, and they get my quads and glutes ready for the day.

~ Kelly Clark, Snowboarder

Q: Are there healthy eating rules that you follow?
A: As my coach always says, your body is like a car, and food is like your fuel. I am a race car so I can’t just put unleaded fuel in my car. I need that good premium fuel.

~ Lolo Jones, Hurdler

Q: What advice would you give to a rec runner, swimmer, or biker?
A: I would say to have fun with the training. That’s what will keep you going, and you’ll get all the health benefits from your sport.

My main advice, for runners especially, is to listen to your body. If you feel pain, don’t push through it, because a lot of people ignore the pain and it gets much worse. Try to run on softer surfaces and avoid concrete.

~ Sarah Haskins, Triathlete

yes please. hahaha

Q: How to get fit in 18 minutes a day?
A: To condition his body, Greer runs stadium steps. He hits every step his first time up, every other step the next time, and then every third step. He repeats the cycle, always jogging down one step at a time. “By the time you hit 18 minutes, your legs are on fire and you can’t breathe,” he says. “It’ll get you into shape real fast.”
~ Breaux Greer, Javelin Thrower

Q: During the off-season, how do you keep your body in shape?
A: I love to surf, mountain bike, hike, and practice yoga and Pilates. I also have a consistent gym program in the off-season, which includes squats, lunges, plyometrics, agility, and weight training.

~ Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarder

Q: Wow. You must get sore a lot. What are your fitness tips to relieve sore muscles?
A: I take hot showers (nice 😉–that usually helps. I have a great body oil (niice 😉 that I use from Dr. Hauschka’s skin care line. It warms my muscles up. Stretching on a daily basis really helps me too, and drinking lots of water.

~ Kim Vandenberg, Swimmer


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