Lessons From Olympic Athletes Training By Jonas Forsberg
The Olympics are definitely fun to watch, but there are a lot of lessons we can learn by watching them as well. It doesnít matter which sport you prefer to watch- whether it is swimming, track and field, soccer or gymnastics, there are so many things to take note of!
If your goal is to burn fat, build muscles, or just have a more healthy, functional body, try observing the following:
Their overall physique is insane! Their arms are so defined and powerful. So how do you think they got that way?
Bicep curls and tricep extensions? Of course not! Their training methods consist almost exclusively of bodyweight exercises- push-ups, pull-ups, bar dips, and so on.
All things that you can do too!
Track and field runners (specifically, the 100-400 yard dash)
Not everyone wants to look like a weightlifter! But who could say no to a flat stomach and powerful arms and legs?
Believe it or not, there is a reason why Usain Bolt has these qualities, while marathon runners do not. You see, long distance running breaks down your muscles and uses them for energy after other energy sources have been depleted.
And when youíre done running, you are done burning calories. On the other hand, short, high-intensity training such as sprinting and interval training spares your muscle tissue AND increases your metabolism, allowing your body to burn more fat throughout the day.
The 8-time Olympic gold medalist has an interesting key to success. Eat. A lot. During the Olympics, he ate 12,000 calories per day! Thatís 5-6 times what the average person needs!
So how does he still have a fat percentage level of 8%?
It is true that he works out A LOT- about 5 hours a day- but more importantly, due to his huge amount of muscle tissue, as well as the sprint races (100 m freestyle) that he frequently performs, his metabolism is in overdrive!
This goes to show that the more lean muscle tissue you have, the more fat your body will burn throughout the day.
So, take it from these athletes.
If you want to lose fat and have a more fit and muscular body, the only way to get there is through good exercise habits and nutrition. Not eating will only mess up your metabolism, and yes, you may see some weight loss from it, but in the end you are only putting your body and health in danger.
There are many Internet sites out there that will help you calculate your caloric intake.
For a more functional and well-defined body, use your own bodyweight and free weights. Go for short, intense workouts (no longer than 45 minutes), eat right and eat often - although you probably donít need 12,000 calories a day - and watch your body transform!