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How to Train Like an Olympic Champion

3 August, 2017 12:00 AM printer

How to Train Like an Olympic Champion

Training like an Olympic champion takes some serious guts and determination, even if you’re not athletically gifted. You might not be able to out swim Michael Phelps or out sprint Usain Bolt, but you can ramp-up your workout intensity by training like an Olympian. Even though you’re never going to stand atop the podium to the tune of your national anthem, you’re entirely capable of training like a gold medalist, assuming you have the mental tenacity to do so.


Hire a Strength Coach


Hiring a strength and conditioning coach is one of the most dedicated methods of ramping up your workout intensity. Even if you frequent the weight room, a strength coach can help maximize your exercise output through a strict regimen. If you find it cumbersome to hire a fitness expert for your own personal gain, look towards virtual media for help. There is no substitute for in-person coaching sessions.


Lift Heavy and Run Hard


Do you feel like you’ve peaked? If your tried weightlifting regimen has failed to generate results, it’s time to challenge yourself. Your strength coach will help you maintain a high level of motivation and accountability, but sustaining the level of mental tenacity needed to force yourself to peak exhaustion in the weight room is entirely up to you.


Stay Hydrated and Rest


For most, staying hydrated is merely a built-in component of exercising, but drinking fluids and allowing your body to rest in between intense bouts of exercise is vital to your success. If you want to generate results on the level with Olympic champions, it’s recommended that you consume half of your body weight in fluid ounces of water. This generalized rule appropriately complements 60 minutes of high-intensity exercise.

 

If you plan to lift heavy, and force yourself to peak exhaustion, it’s important to emphasize the necessity to drink water on a frequent basis throughout the day.


Eat Right and Recover


Training at a level that pushes your heart rate to peak exertion requires a strict diet and sufficient recovery time. Your workouts should be split into different muscle groups; no single muscle group should be emphasized twice within a 48-hour time period. Your diet should consist of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and limited fat intake.

 

Spirulina the Superfood

 

Spirulina have also been shown to prevent atherosclerosis and reduce elevated blood cholesterol levels.A recent animal study published in The Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology took rabbits, fed them a high cholesterol diet (HCD) containing 0.5% cholesterol for four weeks, and then fed them a HCD with 1% or 5% spirulina for an additional eight weeks. After the eight-week trial were complete, LDL levels decreased by 26% in the group eating 1% of spirulina and 41% in the group eating 5% spirulina.

 


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