“Wellness is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is a mind set, a predisposition to adopt a series of key principles in varied life areas that lead to high levels of well-being and life satisfaction.”
National Wellness Association.
Health and wellness is a very important aspect of all athletes' lives, whether elite or recreational. There are many talented athletes in the world, but those who don't take care of themselves soon find themselves run down, injured or sick. Some of the things I focus on are proper nutrition, adaquate sleep and optimal recovery and regeneration such as massage, physiotherapy and Active Release.
Below you will find a collection of articles, presentations, training schedules and even recipes that hopefully anyone will find helpful and enlightening; from someone starting a fitness program, to Olympic level athletes. They are broken up into three major sections:
• Nutrition Articles & Recipes
• Training & Physiology
• Suggested Reading & Websites
Although each individual athlete is very different in terms of what type of training works for them, I think it is both healthy and interesting to research and learn about how others are training. So, I have decided to include a few example training weeks. Please keep in mind that there are many other aspects to my training of which I consider important, such as plyometrics, weight training and specific training phases, depending on the time of year and each phase and exercise has a purpose, which contributes to the overall program.
Example week of training for:
|Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness – “Eat Right to Train Right”
By Chris Carmichael with Jim Rutberg and Kathy Zawadzki