Olympic Training Tips

Posted July 17, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five


Lessons from Olympians – they’re infinite, really. These individuals are the most well-trained, disciplined, dedicated athletes in the world. So it’s almost insulting to compare ourselves to them in any way. But what we can learn from them, even in some small way, is astounding. I’m a bit of an Olympics-junkie, and so is Anna Miller over at the Daily Muse. That’s why I was so excited when I saw her article “Olympian Exercise: 5 Training Tips Anyone Can Use.

Now, Anna’s not talking about dead lifts and swim sprints. She’s talking about the psychological and practical applications of Olympic training. My favorite tip is one I need to remember often:

Focus on How You Feel, Not How You Look

You won’t drop a dress size after one workout (and you won’t grow a muffin top if you skip it)—but if you focus on how that workout makes you feel, you do get immediate results. The better bod that comes with time? An added bonus.

I regularly do a couple of things to make sure I’m putting this into practice:

  1. If you regularly take classes, position yourself somewhere you can’t see a mirror. You don’t need to look at your form, focus instead on how you feel in the moment.
  2. Again, for fitness classes, move to the front of the class. Why? Because you not only need to stop looking at yourself, you need to stop looking at everyone else. Comparisons aren’t helpful.
  3. Look up, not down. When I run, I sometimes find myself staring at the road in front of me, concentrating far too hard. This makes my runs more difficult and labored. Instead, I try now to look at the horizon. Think about the future as a concept, and not the next step on the road. It will help.

Stay tuned for what I’m sure will be more insights as the Olympics come up. I’ll be watching!


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."