5 Olympic Athletes Share Their Workout Secrets
Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
The only person who wasn't surprised when Natalie Coughlin raked in five
medals (two golds, two silvers, one bronze) at her Olympic debut in Athens was
Coughlin. "I expected that of myself," says the 25-year-old Vallejo,
CA, native, who started racing when she was 6.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS:
Coughlin is in the pool by 6 a.m., six days a week, for a two-to-four-hour
workout with the UC Berkeley team (she graduated in 2005). She also walks or
runs with her border terrier, SheRa, and logs three hours of weight training a
"Pilates helps improve my stroke efficiency. It also cures me of bad
habits, like slouching," says Coughlin, who works out on her own or at a
local studio three times a week. "You want to have the same posture in the
pool as you have on land."
EAT LIKE A PRO:
Coughlin shops organic, stocks up on just-picked produce from her local CSA
(community-supported agriculture), and supplements with veggies from her
backyard garden. "As a swimmer, I have the potential to put on a lot of
muscle, so I have to be careful."
"Craniosacral therapy" — a pressure-point therapy used to treat
migraines and back pain — "is so relaxing, I feel like I've been
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:
Kinesys spray-on SPF 30. Waterproof, of course.
WORD TO THE WISE:
To streamline your stroke, look down at the bottom of the pool. "It'll take
all the tension out of your shoulders. Looking ahead to the end of the lane is
the biggest mistake I see people make."
Originally published on July 21, 2008
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