Olympic Bodies Don't Come Easy – How Water Sport Stars Stay Fit

We have a fascination with other people’s bodies, especially celebrities. We find a way to idolize them, pick them apart, or strive to be their equal. And with the Olympics in full swing, we find ourselves deep in body envy as we meet the fittest athletes in the world.

Sure, you can look to these women and wish you had their bodies, but it’s not realistic that you will have “that” body. You’ll have your body. With hard work, you’ll have a fitter, firmer body that is all yours, achieved in your own way. Earlier this year we spoke with Kate Upton’s trainer and he told us, “Get the best body for you. Be fit for you, don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.”

Easier said than done, but very sound advice nonetheless.

We recently spoke to three female athletes of the US Olympic team. Their fitness training is intense, their diets are balanced, and they’re not worried about anyone’s picture of health except their own.


Natalie Coughlin – US Women’s Swimming

“I have no idea what my calorie intake is… I do my best to listen to my body and change the amount accordingly,” Natalie told us. Depending on training, her calorie intake can change daily.

Training: Natalie uses a combination of swimming, running, weight training, Pilates, and TRX to keep her fit and in perfect swimming form. She averages four hours a day, six days a week for training.

Diet: Before a workout, Natalie will have bircher muesli. She uses a personal recipe that includes dried plums and oats, which keep her fueled and satisfied for a training session.


Kami Craig – US Women’s Water Polo

“It is important for [our team] to keep our bodies fueled. Not only to maintain a tough and fit physique, but also to obtain optimal recovery and health. If you want to perform the best you have to put the best in your body,” said Kami in our interview.

Training: You’ll find Kami and her team training six days a week in two, three-hour sessions each day. On top of that, she calls the time she spends working out in the gym as important as the time in the water.

Diet: She eats a clean diet of fruits, veggies, and lean protein. Before a training session she prefers smoothies, like a blend of fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, and vanilla or chocolate protein powder.


Mary Whipple – US Women’s Rowing

“I don’t keep a daily food journal but I do a self-check with my favorite app (Lose It!) on a weekly basis,” Mary told us.

Training: Similar to other athletes, the rowers train six days a week for five hours a day, split across two or three practice sessions. Additionally, Mary is a runner and uses core strength work to build the muscles she uses to stabilize the boat.

Diet: Mary is a vegetarian, and thusly relies on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins. Smoothies are her go-to before a workout, which can include egg white powder, banana, kale, almond milk, and in-season fruit. After practice she likes her “MWhip special,” which is huevos rancheros with steamed kale and avocado.

By Brandi Koskie for DietsInReview.com

Also Read:

Official Smoothie Recipes from the Olympic Kitchens

Olympic Fruit Ring Salad for a Festive Snack

Featured Image of Natalie Coughlin via fitzness

Photo credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Olympics 


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