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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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