How Athletes Train for the Olympic Games?

Nobody is simply born ready to compete in the Olympics. Although it’s true that Olympians are often born with a genetic physique that helps them attain world-class levels of athletic performance, the “road to Rio” requires enormous dedication, time, effort & endless training. Here at Hot Russian Brides® Mens Lifestyle Magazine™, we wanted to take a look into the process of what athletes do to prepare for the Olympic Games. What special training is required for athletes to achieve the gold?

A Day in the Life of an Olympic Athlete

As the Olympics get closer, most athletes find themselves training for at least ten hours a day. This might include strength training, which we’ll look at below, as well as exercises designed to improve performance in their specific event or sport. For athletes participating in track and field events, training on the ‘road to Rio’ often involves strict regiments designed to develop both endurance as well as short bursts of strength. For example, many long-distance runners still focus on sprinting, because when participating in their endurance event, they will often need a quick and powerful burst of speed to beat their competitors.
To accommodate the massive amounts of training on the road to Rio, athletes often eat as many as 5,000 calories or more in a day. To put that into perspective, that’s more than twice the amount of calories that most Americans eat. However, it’s important to realize that these 5,000 calories are not typically derived from a fast food drive-through. Trainers make sure that Olympic athletes are eating healthy food that’s high in protein, or complex carbohydrates, as well as other vitamins and nutrients. These calories help keep the athletes’ energy high, and also prevent drops in blood sugar that negatively affect their athletic performance.
It might surprise you to see ‘sleep’ on a list of what athletes do to prepare for the Olympic games. However, it’s only during sleep that the body can repair the damage done by the intense physical training. A good night’s sleep is also absolutely essential (often a minimum of 8-10 hours is required nightly) for maintaining the necessary levels of energy and intense focus required to compete in the Olympics.
If you’ve been doing the math, you’ll have noticed there’s not much leisure time for an athlete on the road to Rio. However, sports psychologists will recommend athletes take at least 30 minutes per day to meditate and/or focus on something that takes their mind off of training. Many athletes either use this time to socialize with friends and family, but just watching a television show or reading a book is good.
Strength Training
Most athletes don’t earn a living from performing in their sport. Because of this fact, athletes are forced to find creative ways to fit intense training regimens into their lives. The Olympic games take place every four years, but athletes start training many years in advance. Distance runners spend years building ‘cardio’ and base mileage before they advance to actual training for their specific event. Strength training is one of the primary aspects of the road to Rio for most athletes. One of the main reasons athletes devote so much time to strength training is that it greatly reduces injuries that tend to occur as the levels of training become increasingly intense. Injury is one of the most dreaded things that can happen to an athlete while on the road to Rio. An injury that occurs late in the training period can ruin all their years of hard work and preparation.
The Road to Rio: Sports Psychology & Mental Training
‘Physical training is just the beginning. Another important aspect of what athletes do to prepare to compete in the Olympic games is mental training. A continued, intense focus on strength training can take a massive mental toll on athletes on their way to the Olympics. It becomes difficult for any athlete to continually maintain the heightened levels of motivation that are necessary. This is why most athletes will attend therapy sessions with a sports psychologist to prepare mentally for the exhaustive ‘road to Rio’. A popular tool used regularly among psychologists is the ‘visualization’ technique. This trains an athlete’s mind to visualize a positive outcome in their event. This tool is effective, as it trains an athlete to mentally flash forward in time and think about their event, preparing themselves emotionally for any unexpected issues that might arise. Receiving proper professional psychological training is extremely important because of the mental stress that comes with competing internationally. You’re competing against the best athletes in the world, with intense national pressure to bring glory back to your homeland. When the event begins, these athletes must perform in front of a huge crowd in attendance as well as international TV crews broadcasting their performances to the four corners of the globe.

Lessons That we can Learn from Athletes on the Road to Rio

We hope you found this glimpse into an Olympic athlete’s ‘road to Rio’ informative and interesting. It is always beneficial to take some of these lessons about focus and drive and see how we they can help each of us improve in our own daily lives. To succeed, it’s important to truly invest 100% of yourself into what you love. That’s usually the only way to become the best. Whether you’re on the ‘road to Rio’ or competing for a promotion at the office, it takes dedication, focus, training, visualization, sleep and nutrition to go for gold!

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