Naples, FL (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
The 2012 Summer Olympics kick off on July 27th in London and run until the Closing ceremonies on August 12th. Watching events like gymnastics, track and field, running swimming, weight lifting, and cycling among many others can be very inspiring. This year, take inspiration from the 2012 Summer Games and start a new workout plan to reach your personal goals.
Jim Steffen, Co-Founder of XT50 Fitness (http://xt50.net), offers tips to start training like an Olympic athlete:
Set workout goals – Whether it's for short-term success or a more long-term lifestyle change. Understanding what you want to accomplish makes reaching those goals much more achievable.
Break it down into sections – Reaching a goal takes time. Map out a plan to ensure reaching defined goals are attainable. Remember, the way to the top of the Gold Medal Platform is conquering one step at a time.
Don’t go at it alone – Olympians train with fellow competitors and team mates and enlist help from some of the greatest trainers. When embarking on a new workout routine, consider partnering up with someone who has similar goals or hiring a trainer to give a helpful boost and safety instruction. If hiring professional help, make sure to choose a trainer that has experience in training athletes in Sports Specific Training.
Schedule time to workout– Consistency is key in training towards a fitness goal. Use a calendar to plan out the days and times for training before the week starts. Overtraining can really inhibit progress; so make sure to allow a rest phase for the body to rebuild. Also, set up training times that support the ability to stay on a progression mode. Using online workout videos can help make scheduling your time easier.
Don’t forget to stretch – Reduce the chance of injury and improve flexibility by doing some dynamic stretching before the workout and static stretching after it.
A smart diet – Proper nutrition is 80% of reaching your fitness goal. Olympic athletes pay just as much attention to what they put in their mouths as what they put their body through. Eat whole grains and things that are naturally low in fat and stay away from processed foods.
Jim Steffen states, "With the right mental attitude, a little inspiration, and a good workout routine, people can easily take their fitness to the next, regardless of age and current fitness level."
Jim has appeared on Jay Leno, Live! with Regis and Kelly, ESPN's Sports Nation and numerous other outlets as America's Fun Fitness Coach and he regularly speaks to businesses, schools and organizations around the country about the importance of good physical fitness workout routines and how it improves everything in your life.
Additional details and contact information is available at http://crosstrainingandfitness.com