The greatest sporting show on earth is about to make its four-yearly bow in Brazil. For the competitors, it is the culmination of years of effort. For the spectators, it is a chance for a colossal party.
The idea of ‘inspiring a generation’ may seem a huge cliché, but here in the real world there are definitely things to be learned from the Olympics. Whatever your level in your sport, take some top tips from the planet’s sporting elite.
Running becomes addictive and runners are very prone to overuse injuries. Don’t risk the disappointment of missing an important event.
With only one chance in four years, Olympic athletes concentrate as hard on their rest and recovery as they do on their running. Follow their example by implementing a taper plan for a distance event.
Whether it is to tone up or bulk up, weight training has benefits for everyone. At Olympic level, weightlifting gets very serious, with the current clean and jerk record standing at 126kg. Technique, control and posture are vital whatever the load.
Michael Phelps knows a thing or two about Olympic swimming. His hints include keeping yourself streamlined and positioning your head correctly. The techniques for triathletes translate into pool swimming and sprinting.
There’s no easy route to fitness or high-level success. Those two weeks of competition are the culmination of years of dedicated effort. If they can do it, there’s no excuse for the rest of us.
Look at ways of fitting exercise around your lifestyle. Short regular workouts are far better than infrequent long sessions. Fitness is ‘use it or lose it’ so be in it for the long haul.
A personal trainer can be an excellent investment for a specific goal. If circumstances don’t permit this, you can still get some personalised tips. Gym staff and fitness class leaders are there to help and always happy to answer questions. So make use of the expertise that is there for the taking.
Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger) – it’s not a bad creed for all of us who want to make the most of ourselves. Let the Games begin!
It's interesting that the basics are the same for all of us - hard work and perseverance. I'm beyond the time where I might have been Olympic standard, but I also still find it inspiring.
it's great to have the Olympics on TV again, and I am the same as Matthew and get very inspired. I just watch my gym attendance go up and up!
Great tips, thanks. I always get motivated to improve my fitness when the olympics are on. I like the tips from Michael Phelps. Would be good to see more tips from top athletes, they are very motivating.