Allyson Felix is a USA Track & Field athlete and gold medalist, and with the 2012 Summer Olympics less than four months away and the qualifiers in full swing, now is the time for the participating athletes to bring their A-game.
Fit Celeb was able to sit down with the beautiful athlete to get an insight to what it takes to prepare for the Olympics.
Allyson’s fitness regimen:
Right now I’m training six days a week, 3 hours on the track doing speed work, endurance and tempo. Then I take a little break, and then about two more hours in the gym.
Olympic lifts, plyometrics, body weight stuff.
Then as we get closer to games it’ll start to taper off.
Talking about her fitness regimen as the games get closer, she adds:
You gradually taper off and get much less. Right now it’s really heavy and intense, I’m about to start competing and then about three weeks out is when you really start to taper off. And the week before is when you really start to do like nothing. So it changes a lot.
My first session is in the morning, so I do eat before, to me that’s crucial. I eat like oatmeal, that’s high in carbohydrates, that’s great to get me through the first session, and then once I’m done with that first session, that’s when I’ll have a meal like a sandwich and salad. Not crazy heavy because I have the next session coming up, but just enough. And then at the end of the day that’s when I’ll have my huge meal. Replenish all my protein, and things like that. Lots of protein fish, chicken, steak, and then vegetables.
Of course Allyson has her reward days when she splurges.
How she mentally stays focused during intense training and the actual day of the Olympics:
It’s a big part of it. When I was kind of new to it, I was trying to figure out what worked for me. But I just have to kind of zone out. I focus on the technical side of things, exactly what I need to be doing, and that helps me to eliminate the distractions of going into the stadium and hearing all the people, and things like that. I can just zone in on what I have to do.
And listen she’s human. She totally has those days where she may feel off, in a funk, or just not feeling it, and that’s when she focuses on her goals to motivate herself.
And what I’m dying to know is how she sleeps the night before the games!
It’s tough. Total nerves and butterflies.
Any meditation rituals?
I don’t. Nothing crazy, I’ll just fall asleep to like a movie or something.
And if a movie doesn’t put her to sleep, Allyson is surrounded by her family who she could talk to, and who gave her the best advice for running in the Olympics:
To really enjoy the journey. You know that it’s a process, there’s going to be ups and downs, to embrace it, and to make it your own. It’s your ride.
Allyson recently partnered up with Crest and it’s no surprise why because this gold medalist already has a gold winning smile.
It’s funny because people tell me your always smiling whether you win or lose, and so it’s perfect to partner with Crest. I use the Crest 3D White Strips.
So what does she keep in her purse to keep her smiling:
When I do travel, I take the strips with me as well.
You can follow Allyson’s journey through her Facebook page.