EXPERIENCE THE OLYMPIC TREATMENT
Tips and Techniques on How to Train Like an Olympian
Have you ever wondered just what it takes to train for the Olympic Games? According to Mark Fuller, the first American to make four Olympic Teams, the key to success lies in the basics: a strong fitness routine, healthy diet and strong determination.
After many years as a professional wrestler, Fuller has learned to prepare for competition by breaking down a four-year training schedule into smaller training segments. "Breaking your overall training period into short-term, attainable goals helps keep you determined and more likely to succeed in the long run," said Fuller. "This technique can be applied to any fitness goal, whether it is preparation for a competition or getting fit before the summer season."
When preparing for the Olympics, Fuller trained over 30 hours a week during the long-term period. To keep his eye on the prize, Fuller would break up his workouts into 15 minute blocks.
"A person can do almost anything for 15 minutes," said Fuller. "As soon as you really get into the workout, the 15 minutes are almost up. This helps you stay motivated to keep working, and keeps the exercise routine interesting."
It is also important to remember to allow your muscles time to rest between intense workouts. The recovery period is critical after intense exercises because it will allow the muscles time to rebuild, making the athlete stronger and more prepared for competition.
When the competition day finally arrives, it is time to relax and take comfort in knowing you are well prepared for what you are about to accomplish.
"The day of competition is a time of reflection," said Fuller. "This is a chance to think about the support you have from friends and family, and to know that no matter the outcome, you have succeeded at your personal goal."