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5 Olympic Athletes Share Workout And Diet Secrets

The Olympics are upon us! If you've ever wondered how the athletes competing at Rio 2016 possess such remarkable determination when you're perpetually struggling to clamber on the treadmill, here are some of their secrets.

LET YOURSELF HAVE THAT CHEAT DAY.

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Don't be too hard on yourself when you're on a clean diet. If an Olympian can give herself a cheat meal, you can too! Lolo Jones, an ex-American hurdler, swears by her cheat meals. "One meal a week, I have whatever I want. When you allow yourself a cheat, it helps you stay motivated to keep up a healthy lifestyle," Jones recommends. For the rest of the week though, if you find some sweet cravings coming your way, satisfy them with Quest Bars instead of breaking your clean streak. They're the perfect low-carb, high-protein snack bar. Purchase Quest Bars with us here!

ROWING ISN'T JUST A SEA SPORT.

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Singaporean windsurfer Leonard Ong manages the gruelling intensity of the sea sport by working out on the rowing machine when he's on land. The machine is great for building your arms, shoulders, back and thighs, while giving you a cardio kick from the intense calorie burn.

WORKOUT BY MAKING WHAT YOU LIKE, WORK.

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Often, it's hard to feel inclined to hit the gym when you're always working at the same dull machines. Switch it up to make working out something that's fun! Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley gives her two cents — "Pick a sport you enjoy. If you start doing an exercise you are not comfortable with, it's not going to be for you. There are lots of different fitness activities out there. I did zumba for a while. I have two left feet and no coordination but it's really funky and gave me a completely different work-out. Remember, you can incorporate exercise into your everyday life. Do simple little things like walking the dog or cycling to work. There are lots of ways you can stay active."

SWEAT IT OUT WITH YOUTUBE.

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American gymnast Shawn Johnson favours an intense 10-minute workout that can be found on YouTube. Invented by Manny Pacquiao, the workout gets your abs fired up with 20 different crunches done in 25 seconds each. Not all Olympic workouts have to be extensive and gruelling. Sometimes, the short bursts are best! You can try it out for yourself here.

REST IS KEY.

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Ex-gold medalist and American hurdler, Derrick Adkins, believes that optimum results are achieved through rest, and not pushing yourself seven days a week. "Remember that your body actually gets stronger while resting, not while training. Training four to six days a week should be sufficient. Try not to train seven days a week. You need your rest," he emphasises. To further boost your muscles' recovery rate when in rest, look to BCAAs. You can purchase some with us here!  One we'd really recommend is the Scivation Xtend BCAAs ($92).