With the Olympics upon us, all eyes are on the world’s top athletes. These Olympians spent years fine-tuning their personal fitness to be in the best possible shape for this competition. With professional coaches and access to tons of health research, they know the ins and outs of staying fit and strong.
Ashley Chloe dived into the fitness routine of these impressive Olympians and looked into what tips and tricks anyone can use to amp up their physical fitness. With their flagship wearable, the Helix Cuff, Ashley Chloe understands the importance of music and how it motivates us to work out. Helix Cuff uses Bluetooth 4.1 technology, so there are no annoying cords to plug in. The wearable headphones’ noise reduction feature ensures that you won’t be distracted by fellow gym goers. Plus, the Helix Cuff is worn on your wrist, so you show up empty-handed at the gym. For convenience, style, and performance, the Helix Cuff is a seamless everyday companion.
Check out these Olympian Fitness tips and see how they might fit into your workout routine. Becoming your best self may come a little faster when you’re working out like the best athletes on the planet.
1. Get Tracking
Fitness trackers may be ubiquitous in our lives today, but they aren’t taken for granted by Olympians. Team USA member, Maggie Hogan shared with ESPN, "My performances were slipping, and I really didn't feel like anyone had my back," Hogan said. "I felt like I was kind of going through motions and that there was no real drive." Then came Motionize. The device sends real-time performance stats straight to an app on her smartphone. Keeping track of her stats completely changed Hogan’s routine and ultimately helped her become the first canoe sprint member on Team USA to qualify for Rio 2016.
How can you track your fitness in a way that will motivate you? Are you motivated by competition? Fitness trackers enable you to compete with yourself and others. Technology like fitness trackers or Helix Cuff wearable headphones can improve your workout in an impressive way.
2. Stay Consistent
Olympic boxer, Carlos Balderas, did so well in the World Series of Boxing that he didn’t have to perform in the Olympic Trials to qualify for this year’s games. In 2015, Balderas went to seven different countries from January to June and never lost a match. What leads to a winning streak like that? Carlos told the L.A. Times, “Growing up, I had friends and they always hung out,” he says. “My dad made me go to the gym.” His hard work paid off. Balderas shows just how being consistent and persistent can lead to great things.
How can you add consistency to your routine? Working out at the same time each day and constantly pushing yourself to be better can make a huge difference.
3. Get To The Beach
While working out on the beach may seem like a vacation, Lindsey Vonn proves it’s anything but. The Olympian star can be seen at Santa Monica Beach working out with her trainer and it looks intense. Besides being a scenic place to sweat, sandy beaches offer extra resistance, which Vonn took advantage of with the lunging portion of her routine. The gold medal skier works out 6 days a week for 6-8 hours.
Working out for as much or as long as Lindsey Vonn may be out of the question, but you can take her advice and work on adding resistance to your training. Don’t have a beach nearby? Resistance bands can be a simple way to add a new dynamic to your workout. Tension Fitness’ TFT is a closed chain tension system that you can take anywhere. Designed by Dr. Tremaine Young aka Dr. Fit 365, the TFT allows for hundreds of moves that work the natural strength curve of your muscles.
4. Try Tabata
Tabata is a maximized version of high-interval training that can be used with any exercise from cardio to bodyweight moves. To perform a round of a Tabata routine, you’ll put all the effort you possibly can into 20 seconds of a move and then take a 10 sec rest. This round is repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes. This high-intensity interval training was developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata to train Olympic speed skaters. A Tabata routine can burn up to 13.5 calories per minute and double your metabolic rate for 30 minutes after.
If you’re looking to do something different for your fitness routine that will have major results, Tabata is a good place to start. The key is to make like an Olympian and put your all into every move.
5. Don’t Think
Dr. Jonathan Fader, a sports psychologist for the pros, shared the secrets of the Olympian mindset with Men’s Fitness. The number one way the world’s best athletes perform their best? They don’t think. “As a recent athlete said to me, ‘thinking is horrible,” Dr. Fader told Men’s Fitness. “In situations when people choke or when they are not performing at their best, it’s usually because they are overthinking.”
Getting in the zone, like the Olympians, can help bring your workout to the next level. Pushing yourself to endure is easier when you aren’t distracted by the outside environment. Practice ignoring what’s going on around you and getting in the workout zone.
The Rio 2016 Olympics will show just how an athlete’s determination and practice contributes to their success. Wondering where you’ll find the motivation to push yourself? Music is always a good place to start and with Helix Cuff, your music is always just a moment away.
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