10 Tips for an Olympic Body
Experts share the diet and exercise secrets of Olympic athletes.
9. Train regularly and consistently.
"The more intense the training is, the more you're going to reach your
potential," Callan says. "You will not find an Olympic athlete who is
not highly, highly trained. They don't roll out of bed and win the 100-meter
sprint or the 50 freestyle. They spend hours and hours of training of all
Of course, people also respond at different rates and in different ways,
which means that Callan is hesitant to say just how much training someone needs
to really get into shape. Another factor is how a program is designed. If
you really want to get in shape, it's safe to say that three workouts a day
will go a long way. But anything is better than working out with that
10. Consider hiring a personal trainer.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), personal
training jumped from the seventh most important trend in 2007 to the third most
important in 2008.
There's a reason for that, says Bennett. In addition to an individually
tailored program, personal trainers provide accountability.
"People are hesitant at the beginning to spend the money with a personal
trainer, but after a month, when they're tightening their waistband and their
shorts are loose, they really see the results," she says. "After
awhile, you adjust to the expense and it becomes part of your
If you can't afford a trainer, seek out someone who is as dedicated as you
are to getting healthy, and train together. "Even personal trainers need
workout partners for accountability," she says. "It helps to have
someone there to push you."
Above all, say the experts, enjoy the journey. And don't forget to indulge.
After all, even Olympic athlete Nelson enjoys the occasional trip to Dairy
Queen. His favorite? The Oreo Blizzard.