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olympic-athletes-share-diet-secretsWorld Class Female Athletes Share Diet and Fitness Secrets.

London 2012 is going to be the center of attention just two months from now.  However, these Olympic hopeful and proven contenders have been dedicated to their world class aspirations for Gold for years.  I was able to get some insights on their fitness and exercise programs.  Here are their secrets to optimal performance.

Question: What is your diet and nutrition regimen to obtain such high level of performance? 

Arielle Martin-Verhaaren BMX Biking World Class Athlete

"I love plants! I like to eat as raw and fresh as possible, staying away from processed and packaged foods. I'm not a full blown vegetarian, but my meals are primarily plant based: whole grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts etc. I couple that with small amounts of fish or chicken once or twice a day along with fresh fruit and homemade snacks every few hours."

Sara Hall Marathon Runner Olympic Hopeful

"I view food as fuel for my training, and try not to go longer than 2 hours without eating to keep my blood sugar stable throughout the day and maximize recovery.  I make sure each meal and snack is a combination of carbohydrate, protein, and healthy fat.  I also try focus on foods that are anti-inflammatory as much as possible, to maximize recovery and my immune system.  Sweet potatoes, grass fed beef, almond butter, and pancakes made with Muscle Milk are staples of mine!"

Kerri Walsh Volleyball Olympian

"It's my job to be fit and healthy. I eat well and practice the three ABC's -- I eat well, sleep well and hydrate."

Question: You are training for the Olympics - what is your fitness program?

Arielle Martin-Verhaaren BMX Biking World Class Athlete

"As far as fitness goes? BMX is an explosive event, typically lasting 35-42 seconds, so our training is primarily based around sprint efforts on and off the track to mimic that intensity and speed as well as some gym work to build power and strength bases."

Sara Hall Marathon Runner Olympic Hopeful

"My training usually consists of running 60-80 miles a week, alternating hard days and recovery days.  I run my hard days pretty close to as hard as I can go, and they range from sprints to intervals to tempo runs.  My easy days I usually run as easy as my body wants to go, and enjoy being out in nature and in the trails."

Kerri Walsh Olympian

"On a daily basis I'm training on the beach for two to three hours. I do Pilates twice a week, a track workout once a week and I lift weights twice a week. On top of that, I do brain training called Neurotopia to help me deal better with stress and help me focus better. I also do physical therapy. I'm literally doing things from head to toe. On top of all that, I do try to get enough rest, which isn't easy with two little boys."

Eating well is a key component for everyone not just Olympic contenders as well as regular exercise.  Here are a few take aways:

  1. Eat consistently and with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  2. Hydrate... all athletes know the benefits of good hydration and couldn't perform without it.
  3. Get outside! You will find a different energy and be able to adapt to different surfaces which trains the body better.

For more diet and fitness secrets, please visit Andrea Metcalf.


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