Uncovering Olympians Warm Up Technique

I bet, every athlete is aiming to get the coveted grand prize. Is there a formula to optimize performance especially on the crucial moment? The formula lies on simulating the ‘rush hour’.  I swear crammer students can relate to this.  This article tells us how simulation of the final hour can help every athlete  give their best shot.

“For the athletes that I have worked with at the Olympics, we come up with a slightly different plan for our warm-up so that they can get in their normal running and exercises, just in a slightly different order,” says Mammoth Track Club head coach Terrence Mahon, whose London Olympic athletes include 1500-meter runner Morgan Uceny and 10,000-meter runner Amy Hastings. “We don’t alter this in practice, but we may do it at smaller races just so they get the hang of it. Indoor meets are usually good for this, since by nature the spaces inside are confining.”

Amy Begley, a 2008 Olympian in the 10,000, learned the warm-up itinerary only in the days leading up to her race. It entailed arriving at the practice track three hours before the race, meeting with coaches, trainers and representatives of Team USA (who ensured each athlete had their uniform, spikes, and podium outfits) and, finally, doing an easy run. With an hour to race time, the athletes were escorted to the first of four call rooms.

 

Read the full article at Runner’s World.

 

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