Are the Olympics in Your Future?
Every few years, the Olympics dominate the world of sports, news, and the internet -- in fact, we're all dealing with the very sad fact that Rio has wrapped up right now. Athletes and fans from all over the world tune in to watch the best of the best compete in various events they likely wouldn't see otherwise. With each successive Olympic cycle, we find new athletes that are showcasing the next generation of talent. So, the question is: what does it take to become an Olympic athlete? In hopes of inspiring a handful of athletes for Tokyo in 2020, we're highlighting three traits that most Olympic athletes share, so consider shaping your training around these ideals moving forward! For starters, check out CoachUp Coach Antwon qualifying for the 110m hurdles in Rio just a few months ago:
Find Your Passion: This year, many of the US Olympians showcased that sports are, first and foremost, their passion. While it is common for many professional athletes to specialize in specific sports at young ages, this year proves that starting young isn’t always necessary. Instead, they showcase the benefits of cross-training, which allows athletes the opportunity to absorb more skills and hone in on their natural athletic ability. Examples of such athletes include US Olympic pole vaulter Jenn Suhr, a former college basketball player that took on pole vaulting her senior year of college, and US Olympic rower Megan Kalmoe, who began training her sophomore year of college. Stick to a Training Regimen: The phrase “practice makes perfect” is used for a reason and that’s because it has truth behind it. Athletes have to dedicate much of their time to training, even on par with their academic and social lives -- meaning that it's not only a priority, but a commitment. According to PopSugar, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin works out eight times a week in the pool for anywhere between an hour to two hours, training in the gym four days as well -- adding up to about 30 hours of training per week. Eat Right + Stay Healthy: Qualifying for the Olympics doesn't stop at just scoring goals or being fast -- you've got to be healthy and fit as well! Olympians adhere to a strict diet, specifically targeting the nutrition and fuel they need in order to be their very best. Training six days a week is key, but if you're eating burgers and ignoring the food pyramid, then your Olympic dreams are further away than you might think. If you wish to succeed and follow in the footsteps of the athletes at the 2016 Olympics, take a page out of their book and find a passion, work hard, and make sure you receive the proper coaching. As Coach Antwon proved in Rio, an athlete must be dedicated and willing to do everything they possibly can to reach their Olympics-sized dreams. For more tips and inspiring stories of Olympic athletes, check out additional content on our blog.