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Do the Olympics Inspire You to Work Out?

I find watching the Olympic Games infectious. Watching athletes finally competing after training for four years makes me want to get out and train – run, swim, turn cartwheels, even try my hand at fencing. What about you?

I am curious to know . . .


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anned anned 9 years
Unfortunately Swimming is on really late and I have been staying up late to watch it. I run every morning at 6-so this is killing me! The alarm goes off and I think crap, if Phelps swims for 8 hours a day, I can exercise for 1!
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
Melanie Roach, power lifter was doing an interview today while I was on the stairmill and it inspired me to add two more intervals to my HIIT session. Here is a woman who fought through a back injury, has three kids, one of whom has autism, and runs a gymnastics gym. She is beyond inspirational.
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 9 years
Definitely! Lately, when I do my little routine in the morning I think to myself, "Wow, you think this is hard? Think about the workouts that they Olympians have to keep up with!" And then I'm motivated to work even harder :)
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I ran the National half last Spring--it's a good course. I got to run through my neighborhood, which was fun. Good luck with qualifying! I can only dream of qualifying for Boston. I love running, but unfortunately I'm not very fast.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
Oh, no! Chicago was such a disaster! I've done Baltimore, Marine Corps, and Richmond. I'm doing the National Marathon (in D.C.) early spring (clearly a Maryland girl here ;)).. I'd like to quality for Boston at it (I have 13 minutes to take off my PR to run a BQ - 3:40). The bike part is my absolute worst but I'm working on it!
javsmav javsmav 9 years
No, it's my third. I ran the disastrous Chicago marathon last year, so I'm crossing my fingers for cool weather and planning on bringing my own gatorade! The bike part of the triathlon is what keeps me from giving it a tri (haha!). I don't own one & even if I bought one I'm afraid I'll fall over in a race. But my friend does tris and absolutely loves them. What marathons have you done? I'm so excited for the Olympic running events to start this weekend--that will probably be the most inspiring.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
Very cool Javs! Is it your first? I've run a few marathons and have recently gotten into triathlons. My first half ironman is in September! Enjoy Atlanta, smile for the photographers on the course, use lots of Body Glide, and hydrate but don't over hydrate :)
lawchick lawchick 9 years
wow, javsmav! I'm like nnayap -- I get generally inspired by the Olympics. I'm so impressed by people who are that dedicated to anything! Most people are like drones - work, dinner, tv, sleep, repeat.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
runningesq, I'm running Atlanta on Thanksgiving.
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 9 years
i with hellokitty on this one.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Absolutely. Watching the Olympics has inspired me to work harder to achieve the body that I want.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
I swear I posted! .... I've been swimming like Phelps, running like Kastor, and biking like Lance lately .. at least in my head :P . Javs -- what marathon are you training for?
sc-cutie sc-cutie 9 years
Yes! I have been working out for a while now, but the Olympics were just what I needed to get excited again.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I started training for the marathon yesterday, so that's my inspiration, but sure, the Olympics don't hurt my motivation.
HelloAnia HelloAnia 9 years
Actually, seeing how grossly manly some of the women athletes bodies are makes me want to cut out most of my weight lifting routine and just stick to the cardio, haha.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Yes! It makes me want to acheive something fitness wise. For example, though rather small, I want to be about to do REAL push ups! I want to be able to do about 50 reps without stopping. I dont have upper body strength at all! My legs are EXTREMELY strong...arms - not so much. So the Olympics has inspired me to do that! Especially after seeing the Chinese doing Gymnastics last night. Amazing upper body strength.
sharshar sharshar 9 years
Yeah, especially after watching Michael Phelps swim. And it also happens that I had a checkup a few hours ago.
nnayap nnayap 9 years
Whenever I watch the Olympics, I always feel like it's time to take over the world, take action on something... and that something is usually working out! :-D
imLissy imLissy 9 years
actually, I didn't want to workout yesterday b/c I wanted to catch up with olympic stuff, lol. I worked out anyway though. :P
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