Wow. All I can say is “wow.”

Olympics entrance

Okay, I can say more!  Going to the Olympics and seeing athletes perform in person was absolutely spectacular. The physical fitness of the athletes was amazing and the vibe in the stadium was so positive and supportive. People were cheering for their home countries of course, but there was also a huge amount of support and awe for the abilities of all athletes, regardless of nationality.

In the Athletic Centre, London 2012 Olympics

Having the opportunity to see professional athletes performing at their peak was inspiring, and it made me think  about how we can all apply lessons to our training.

A list of fitness tips inspired by Olympic athletes

Foster outside support

The athletes had a team of coaches and support colleagues around them throughout the event. They all contributed in their own way to the athletes’ success. The host in the venue also interviewed some of the athletes’ friends and family before the event started. They were talking about how proud they were of the competitors and how hard they had worked to get where they are.

Apply this to your routine:  Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or you’re looking to achieve a more modest health and fitness goal, external support will help you to stick to your training. After deciding what you want to achieve, why not tell people about it? Telling someone you care about, (or even a total stranger) will help you to stick to your goals. Telling loved ones how important your goals are will also give them the opportunity to practically support you. Or why not get someone else involved? Having a workout buddy can keep you going to your practice regularly, and is also proven to keep you working harder during workout sessions!

Stay focused throughout your session

The athletes’ concentration was unwavering throughout the duration of the event, from warm-up practice to execution of their final dive.

Apply this to your routine:  If you’re taking the time out of your day to exercise, make it count. Instead of concentrating on the tv in the cardio lounge and letting the session pass you by, really engage with your exercise so that you work hard and reap the benefits accordingly.

Always include a proper warm-up

We arrived early enough to see the athletes warming up and they did exactly what we should all do: start slowly and gradually build up to the main event while doing actions similar to your exercise. Check out my posts on warm up and cool down stretch routines.

Apply this to your routine:  An appropriate warm-up is integral to a strong perforce: a good warm-up protects you from injury and prepares you for your main session- whether it’s an Olympic event or your Wednesday morning run!

Enjoy yourself!

The athletes were so passionate about their diving, and despite the incredible hard work they were putting into their routines, they really did look like they were enjoying themselves- especially when they were confident that they had performed well.

Apply this to your routine:  Whether it’s achieving a new personal best or feeling like you’re really pushed yourself through a workout, be sure to congratulate yourself and feel proud of your achievements. At the end of the day, if you don’t find some enjoyment in your training, you’ll just resent it and soon find ways to avoid your sessions!

Canadian Diving Team -silver medal winners

About Melissa

I'm an Advanced Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor, based in Islington, London. I love living a healthy lifestyle and helping others to do the same. I share fitness and nutrition information on my blog at betterfitpersonaltraining.com/blog/ and I support my clients to get fit and healthy through my personal training and nutritional advice business, called Better Fit.

11 responses »

  1. you are so lucky! I had no idea you got to attend the olympics. hope you are having a blast!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Alex! It was so exciting. I’m disappointed that I won’t have the opportunity to go to the Paralympics as well since I’ll be out of the country!

  2. Karen says:

    I love the Olympic fitness tips ! And would have loved to be present for the diving !

  3. Wow indeed, how AWESOME that you got to see this in real life! Soo so cool, I hope to watch it one day too 🙂 I mean and be there of course!

  4. Jess says:

    Oh wow!!! It sounds amazing!!! And inspiring! Definitely a good thing to be reminded that success is possible with determination, dedication and support! Great tips! I could/ should apply these more broadly other non fitness related goals in my life.

    • Melissa says:

      It was definitely inspiring! That’s a really good point about applying these to other aspects of life too. I hope you have some exciting goals to work on!

  5. Katie says:

    Great post! These thoughts will help me put 100% into my workouts. Going to the Olympics is a dream of mine; to be able to see athletes in their environment must have been so inspirational!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Katie! Yes, it’s definitely such an inspiration to see them compete at their peak! I hope you get to attend some day!

  6. Great post! These “thoughts” make me reconsider why I’m doing the workout of my choosing that day or why this exercise instead of that, etc. Attending the Olympics is a goal of mine! To be able to witness the athletes in their environment must have been so inspirational.

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