Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Smiles And Stamina: How To Train Like An Olympic Heptathlete

Have you been watching the 2016 Rio Olympics? I've been watching non-stop with my children and we are loving all the events, especially track, swimming, and gymnastics.

Canadian women have been rocking the podium at the Olympics, winning so many medals—and I think it's important to watch with my kids to show them how far you can go with the right mind set and determination. I love hearing the stories about the athlete's journey to Rio, and what an important role family plays in helping these athelete's reach their goals. (And I still cry every time I watch a P&G Thank You Mom commercial—without fail.)

It was so cool watching Brianne Theissen-Eaton win bronze in women's hepathalon. Unlike other track and field competitions, the hepathalon is a really physically and mentally demanding sport. It's comprised of seven different events over a two-day period, and takes stamina, determination, and the ability to #SmileThrough the challenges to train for the different difficult multi-disciplinary sport.

Here are some workout tips inspired by Brianne's track and field coach, Alicia Bell:

Warm Up: Incorporate dynamic work-out drills before any workout, like stretches like leg swings or bounding.

Plyometrics: Jumping exercises, also known as "plyos" are exercises where muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power. You can try this at home by incorporating hurdle hops, box jumps, squat jumps or lunge jumps into your workout.

High Intensity Training: Cardio exercices in track and field are often called "tempo" or "fartlek" and they help prepare for the running events in the heptathlon. You can do this at home, in the gym or on the track, through high intensity interval training. This is a training technique where you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by short, active, recovery periods. This will get your heart rate up and you'll burn more fat in less time.

Upper Body: A strong upper body will power you through touch workouts and races while helping you maintain good form as you train to boost endurance. Medicine balls are a great way to train of the upper body strength needed for javelins and shot put. To do this, try incorporating medial throws, slams, and wall balls in your workout.

Hydration: It's so important to stay hydrated—just as important as it is to eat healthy. Training and performing for seven different events can be gruelling, so make sure to have a water bottle close by to take sips throughout your workout.

Every year, P&G's Olympic Games campaign is inspired by the research brands like Pantene, Bounty, and Crest, to create products that work better for moms and families. This year, Brianne—who understands the power of perseverance—was sponsored by Crest, and it's quite evident she knows how to #SmileThrough it all, despite the obstacles,and challenges. It was great seeing her smile with her much deserved bronze medal, too.


Disclaimer: I have been compensated by Crest, and all views and opinions are my own. 


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