Workout and Diet Tips from Olympic Champs

By Lisa Franchi on July 26, 2012

The opening ceremony of London Olympics Games falls on Friday and the entire world is very much excited about it. Other than the fun and thrill it gives, the Olympic is a time where people celebrate sports, life, and health. Let’s learn some ways on how to improve our lifestyle no matter what age we’re in from two of the most famous Olympians in the world – Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson.

Usain Bolt Workout Routine and Diet

Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter and three-time Olympic gold medallist who currently holds the world’s record for 100 and 200 metre sprints at 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively. What’s his secret? How come he’s this fast?

Bolt trains 6 days a week. His workout regimen includes plyometric and flexibility training, running, weightlifting, and balance training. He performs flexibility workout to prevent potential injuries and make sure he can run for the entire season. Bolt gives high importance to keeping his muscles strong by spending one hour every day in the weight room. His workouts help him maintain muscular endurance and strength.  

Bolt eats 6 times a day. His diet contains 30% of carbohydrates, 60% of protein, and 10% of fat. He loves eating chicken fillet, fish, and pork. Wondering if he’s taking super-power supplements? Well, he takes nothing but vitamin C, as natural and simple as that.

Michael Johnson Workout Routine and Diet

Michael Johnson is a four-time gold medallist and eight-time World Champion sprinter. Even if he’s retired, he still makes sure to keep healthy and strong. This famous Olympian Champ gives high regard to a balanced diet. ‘I limit how often I eat non-healthy foods, but after eating not so healthy foods, I will balance that with healthy ones.’ He said on his interviewed with Men’s Fitness.

Johnson also recommends drinking more water. But if you don’t like plain water (like he does), try sparking water. He enjoys doing recreational activities such as mountain biking where he can exercise and at the same time, enjoy. Johnson encourages people to utilize the technology to track their physical progress, for example download some health apps on your smart phone to track your steps and calories burned throughout the day, etc.

You don’t have to be an athlete to stay in good physical shape. With proper exercise and balanced diet, reaching your fitness and health goals will come easy.

 

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