7 Olympic Events To Watch For Fitness Inspiration
If you found Fit Buzz via the website, you may have stopped by our about page. You would have learned about ‘Shaun Sinclair’ too. One key part of my history in fitness is that I was a sprinter once upon a time. I will always have a passion for the sport.
You may have noticed that the Olympics will begin just 2 days from now. This is one of the best events you could possibly watch for fitness inspiration. A lot of the individual’s you’ll see at the Olympics are what many would call ‘real’ athletes. Unlike the usual fitness models/competitors that you’ll see.
This is also an important event to watch because a lot of the theories that we talk of are directly related to how many of these individuals train and how we teach you to train for that strong, sexy and lean physique.
There are also plenty of other sports to watch, even if you aren’t into the typical track events. So in light of all of this, I have decided to create the top 7 Olympic events to watch for fitness inspiration.
Honestly, it won’t get much better than this. We’ll be keeping up with all things ‘Olympic’ over on the Facebook fan page too, just in case you want a snack preview of all the Olympic gems. But if you do want to keep up and be inspired. These are the events to watch.
(In no specific order)
It’s not very likely that you will build the body of a high performance gymnast just using creative bodyweight exercises with assisted weights (although possible). As gymnasts dedicate their whole time to their career, using many other techniques ( Weight training for strength and power for specific gymnastic movements… not size!) than just bodyweight exercises to build their bodies and are required to tick all of these boxes as a requirement:
- Passive flexibility
- Active flexibility
- Joint preparation
- Static strength
- Dynamic strength
- And others.
However, the inspiration behind including gymnastics into this list, is to show you that, by incorporating the mindset and strength training progression (The core approach at Fit Buzz) of a gymnast, you too can take your strength training to the next level and show all of the overly bulky muscle heads in the gym what true strength is all about. Oh, not to forget to mention that you will look great to match! Be sure to watch both the mens and women’s events. You may not build the strength and physique to these levels. But you can be sure that you can get close to it with the Fit Buzz approach. You will be inspired.
Now, I’m definitely no volleyball expert, but as my background is in athletics, I do have a good understanding of the training methods that these individuals would go through. Just like gymnastics, these players would perform drills that mimic those movements that would actually be performed throughout a game.
I’m not an entirely huge fan of the sport either. However, the one thing that draws me back to the sport is the beauty of the physiques of those involved. Take a look…
Obviously, you’re not going to build a physique like those above from simply playing volley ball as part of your cardio workouts. But if you follow everything Fit Buzz, you WILL look like those volleyball players. Strong, lean and definitely sexy! Even if you don’t watch TV, just use one of the many TV channel apps on your smart phone (If you own one) to tune in for free and/or on the move.
#3 Speed Cycling
If you are a FitBuzzer that has been using the No nonsense Butt Building Program (Especially the specialization program), you would know that cycling is the easiest form of cardio to do when performing interval based workouts. After all, you are simply just sitting on your butt the entire time.
Now, lifting weights and feeding your body in the right way will indeed provide the bulk of your body changing results. But the truth is, it’s a combination of everything.
Do you want some proof?
Just take a look at the legs of those individuals who take part in the speed cycling events.
Those legs weren’t just achieved with cycling alone, of course. But you can be sure that cycling definitely played it’s part. The main give away is the noticeable lean and slim upper body coupled with HUGE legs.
#4 All Sprint Based Events
Why all sprint based events?
Well, again, if you’ve been using the No Nonsense Butt Building program, you would be familiar with the sprinter vs marathon runner comparison that we gave. And why you should be including more sprints/intervals into your workouts compared to long/sluggish long distance running workouts. Here’s a snap shot…
Now, it’s not to say that you can’t build hard and dense muscle or curves training with long distance running. But if you want to be sure, just stick to hard sprints.
Do you want some proof?
Well, just take a look at the sprinter Jessica Ennis vs long distance runner Amy Hasting
Photo credit: Michael Scott
This is why intense anaerobic cardio activity is highly encouraged in all of the main Fit Buzz workouts/programs. Because we know that this is what will aid that much desired physique that consists of hard and lean curves. Not soft and puffy. Be sure to tune in to both mens and women’s sprint based events for some inspiration.
One of the core mantras that we have always used at Fit Buzz, is ‘The only way to train is to train insane’. Intensity is the name of the game. To date, we’ve only been able to communicate that message via words and images (And one video course). If you want a real life example and display of brute force intensity, strength and endurance, then be sure to watch the rowing events.
These events are highly competitive, especially during the last stages of the races. What you will see here is exactly how you should be training in the last few phases of your exercises. One… more …rep!
Adding this event was an ‘almost’ no brainer. I say almost, because FitBuzzers are not powerlifters. And the ONE REP MAX isn’t totally relevant in terms of achieving a strong, lean and sexy physique. However, it can be great for determining how much you should be lifting throughout the progression of your strength training workouts. We have a detailed explanation of this HERE.
I wouldn’t say that this event is a must watch. It might even make you cringe. However, you can’t deny the feats of strength that will be on display in these events.
Swimming actually makes for a great cardio workout. It can also be very relaxing too. But just like Volleyball, the main reason to tune in to the swimming events is to…
1. Watch the intense competition
2. Admire the physiques (Men and women)
My background in fitness stems from athletics, so I know that the training techniques behind the majority of these sports is mostly the same. Just structured and geared in a way that will allow the said individual(s) to perform and be the potential best at their sport/event.
Some of these techniques have been incorporated into the Fit Buzz Programs too.
Athletics may not be for everyone and many won’t tune in, at least to the track events. But the Olympics however, hosts almost every popular sport known to wo(man). The Olympics is a mighty event that takes place every 4 years. Fit Buzz is about motivation, about super physiques and this is the one event where you will see a lot of it. Let the next 4 weeks be your fitness fuel to last you until the winter months.
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