Train Like an Olympian: Gold Medalist Misty Hyman Shares Tips for Getting Into Summer Shape
Everyday Strategies from Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Swim Coach
With each Olympics, we are reminded that the human body is capable of extraordinary achievement. But even “ordinary” bodies can achieve their fitness goals this summer. Gold medalist Misty Hyman (victor in Sydney’s 200-meter butterfly – a remarkable underdog win still talked about in competitive swimming circles) serves as swim coach at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and shares her four top tips for a strong and healthy body this summer:
1. Multi-Task Your Workout
In the water you can accomplish your cardio, strength training, build your lung capacity and meditate – all at the same time. Swimming is the perfect antidote to the heat, and minimizes stress on joints to avoid spending a summer on the sidelines because of an injury.
2. Lift to Lighten Up
Weight training helps slim your body, not bulk it up (despite the stigma to the contrary). To get that envious “swimmer’s back” and define your arms for swimsuit season, alternate between 15 repetitions of seated lat pulls and 15 repetitions of seated rows, both with medium weight. Train your way up to three rounds per strength workout.
3. Recharge Body AND Soul
To refresh mentally and soothe sore muscles after a hard workout, stretch, rest and practice yoga. I’ve found yoga amazing for my flexibility, toning, and sense of calm. Swimmers in particular should focus on shoulder and upper back opening positions.
4. Moisturize Your Skin From the Inside Out
Easier to come by than any miracle cream is good old fashioned water. Unlike sports drinks, water quenches your thirst and hydrates your skin free of charge (and calories). Active adults, especially in the desert, need three to four liters of water per day.
For Scottsdale-bound travelers interested in training with Hyman, Sanctuary offers private swim instruction along with a Triathlon Prep Program. The three-day package both challenges and rewards the body, with daily workouts complemented by muscle-soothing spa services.
For reservations at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, call 480.607.2323 or visit www.sanctuaryaz.com.