Ms. Namita Nayyar: Introduce us to a day in the life of an athlete, preparing for the Olympic Games.
Ms. Jolanda Čeplak: Every single day from waking up, I had in mind my training schedule. Daily routine was subjected to the training plan. Usually I ate some light breakfast, drank coffee. In the morning at 10.00 a.m. I started my first training and finished it around noon. After eating lunch I usually took a nap, before I started with my mental preparation for the second training, which started at 4 p.m. and finished at 6.30 p.m. After the second training I did some massage (couple of times a week). In the evening I was resting at home or walked the dogs. Once a week (after 10-12 trainings) I had the day off, which I usually spent with friends, shopping or just relaxing at home.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine?
Ms. Jolanda Čeplak: Training plan is always a complex thing. Of course there are many useful workouts, but it is even more important that you do the things in the right way – technically, mentally. I could say that squating, snatching or pliometrics helped me a lot. It helped me, because before I was not doing that kind of excercises, intensive enough. Nowadays I see many runners who run like crazy, but they forget that for middle distance running power training is just as essential. Although I didn’t like power training (clean, snatch, squats, leg curls,..) so much, I still did that as planned. Nowadays I run a lot, lot less and prefer doing some strength training. I am raising two daughters (3 years old), so I have much less time for myself. With weight lifting training I can do more in less time.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Jolanda Čeplak: Today there are many supplements in the market, but usually I ate just regular food, added some proteins or amino acids, vitamins, omega 3, sometimes some caffeine based drink prior to my workout. I didn’t need any strict dieting for weight managing, due to many burned calories during the everyday training. It is important to eat balanced (enough proteins, dietary fibres, good fats).
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