Train Like an Olympian

The summer Olympics are starting this week and I don’t know about you guys but I love watching the Olympic games.  I especially like the running events, swimming and gymnastics.  It is so inspiring to watch the athlete stories and see how hard they work to get to the games.  Since I am so excited about the Olympics I thought it would be fun to put together a little Summer Olympics challenge for my fitness classes and for anyone else who would like to participate.  The challenge will run for the entire Rio 2016 Olympics August 5-21st.  I will be posting our workouts which will incorporate aspects of the olympic games and exercises that may mimic or prepare the athletes for their sport.  I hope you all join in on the fun.  Most of the workouts can be done at home or at the gym.  If you live in the Boise or Meridian area and want to try my class send me a message and I can hook you up with a free pass.  If you are a participant in my bootcamp class there will be a prize awarded at the end of the challenge for the participant with the most points accumulated Aug. 5-21.  

Olympic Fitness

For the month of August I want to “train like an Olympian.”  I have been reading articles and watching video clips about how the athletes train and I pulled out some areas that I want to focus on.  I thought I would share them with you and hopefully inspire you to incorporate these into your August workouts or activities.  

  1. Set A Goal:  Find something that you love, set a goal and make a plan to accomplish it.  I am currently looking for a fall 10k race to train and plan for.  
  2. Cross Train:  Work on your all around fitness level by cross training.  Try something new like cross fit, orange theory, hot yoga or take an outdoor boot camp class.  
  3. Eat Right:  Make sure you are fueling properly before and after your workouts.  Find your favorite post workout snack.  I love my no bake peanut butter energy balls before a workout and usually a post workout smoothie with banana, berries, almond butter and protein powder.  Find what works for you and your body.    
  4. Core Workouts:  Don’t forget to incorporate core workouts into your daily plan.  This will help in many different areas including balance, posture, proper form, and especially your running technique.  I love planks!  
  5. Strength Train:    Include strength training in your workout plan.  Don’t be afraid to lift heavy weights.  
  6. Find your power jam:  Good music will help you power through any workout or long run.  
  7. Rest and Recover Properly:  It’s important to rest your body.   That doesn’t mean you have to sit around all day.  Incorporate things like walking, yoga, massage, foam rolling  and meditation into your rest day.  
  8. Train your brain:  Olympic athletes have to prepare a lot mentally.  Turn off those negative thoughts.  Turn to positive thinking.  Find a mantra and repeat it over and over when things get tough.  Find an inspirational book or quote to focus on.  Try imagery during your next long run.  Imagine yourself at the finish line.  

I hope you are as inspired by all the olympians as I am and will incorporate these tips into your next run or workout.  Go team USA!