To get in shape quickly, Alpine skier Marco Sullivan, 33, suggests hill sprints. "They'll burn fat incredibly fast, and build lung capacity and endurance." Another cross-training sport he advocates is mountain biking. "The time flies, and you're having fun while getting fit." Although in this ultimate "gravity" sport he burns off everything that he eats, he’s still conscious of his diet. "Clean proteins like peanut butter and poached eggs are my favorite. And a great dessert is a fruit smoothie."
Nate Holland, 35, a snowboarding contender, opts for other activities that keep him fit between races. "There’s only so much time for snow," he contends, "so every winter athlete has to cross-train." He recommends wake boarding, wake surfing, mountain biking, dirt biking, snowmobiling, and fly fishing, which he notes are "all good for the mind, body and soul."
And speaking of soul, bobsledder Steven Holcomb, 33, is into yoga and has been doing it for a number of years. "I originally started as a way to help get limber as a 'push' athlete, but I enjoyed it so much I just kept going back. It’s a great way to relax and escape the grind." Furthermore, Steve favors an Advocare herbal cleanse every 90 days to "keep me running at peak performance."
Nordic combined skiing champion Billy Demong, 33, packs a small peanut butter sandwich and carries it with him wherever he goes. "I eat two to four of these a day during training and competition. It’s the perfect mix of protein and carbs." Workout-wise, he insists that intervals are the single best training tool for a healthy heart and a lean, strong body. "Instead of an hour of straight exercise, try and do four-by-four intervals where you elevate your heart rate to a level that you could not do for 10 minutes. Make it hurt! But you will find quick gains in both your body’s composition and your fitness."
And finally, there’s the matriarch of the group, in more ways than one: Erika Brown, 41, a champion in curling, the unique mix of shuffleboard and bowling on ice. Brown who is a physician’s assistant in a family medical practice, sees first-hand how important it is to start young. And that means raising healthy, active children. Her personal training includes golf, but she stresses the importance of playing with your kids. "I have two young boys and love to coach and cheer on the boys at soccer, T-ball and hockey, to name a few."
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