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Train Like an Olympian

I am always impressed by the feats of Olympic athletes as they compete. Almost equally impressive are their training schedules. When working out as a job with winning a gold medal as a goal, gym time is longer than my typical 60 minutes. Swimmer Kim Vandenberg, of 200m butterfly fame, recently shared her daily regimen with Women's Health and here are the highlights:

Wake up: 5:15 a.m.
Pool time: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Weights and Stretching: 8:15 to 9:15
Pool time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (in Spring and Summer)
Extra cardio: 30 to 40 minutes on elliptical (occasionally)
Pilates: One to two nights a week
Bedtime: Between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

To see what Kim eats while she trains like a champ, just


Training with such intensity requires a serious amount of calories. Vandenberg tries to make sure those calories come from healthy food in four to five smaller meals a day. Her favorite post swim meal is a turkey or tuna sandwich on whole grain bread with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. Although, she loves fruit, mangoes and pineapple especially, to keep her stamina up for swimming Kim needs lots of carbs and proteins. Before practice, she usually eats Harvest Grain Bars for energy.

Now I feel much more inspired to set my alarm for an early morning pool session. How about you?


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sldc sldc 8 years
I loved being a swimmer, because we could eat everything in sight. That schedule makes me feel a wee lazy.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
...i would never have a period, with that schedule.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Wish I could be in the Olympics. I actually LIKE working out that much and if I could get paid to work out like that, I'd totally sign up for that!
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 8 years
That's why they're Olympians and I am not :]
wiggle wiggle 8 years
Man I can't even do butterfly and am impressed by anyone who can. that shot is pretty amazing.
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
Thats amazing. Especially the bed time. Cant wait for the Olympics!!!
adelka adelka 8 years
I wish it was my job to train all day and eat yummy foods...
jkat jkat 8 years
Wow.. that brings back memories. That pretty much my summer schedule every summer from 12-18. I wasn't as fast as Kim tho! I miss those days ... I could eat everything in sight :-). I can't wait to watch the swimming events this summer! Trials got me excited. I hope Kim kicks as*s.
amyerin amyerin 8 years
Yay Kim! I went to college with her and she was always such a hard worker, very sweet and well-rounded :)
wow Im exhausted just reading this ..
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