Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin talks Pilates and plums

Filed under: Pilates News — Wayne on March 28, 2012

American swimmer Natalie Coughlin broke a world record when she became the first American woman to be awarded 6 Olympic medals in one Olympics. Of course, no one gets to be an Olympic gold medallist without some serious training and Natalie is certainly one of the fittest women you are ever likely to meet.

Ahead of the Summer Olympics in London, Natalie is training hard and she has created an intense regime which she hopes will put her in peak condition for the games. One of the things that Natalie really enjoys is Pilates. She told reporters that she starts her exercise regime with a Pilates warm up every day at 5am. The Pilates exercises help her to stretch her muscles before she moves on to more intense exercise and they have also helped her to tone up even more than usual.

After her 5am Pilates session, Natalie hits the pool for a couple of hours and then moves on to an intense 90 minute weight lifting workout which helps to improve her strength.

Natalie is a hearty eater and after her intense workouts, she loves nothing more than cooking up a hearty meal – her favourite being risotto. As she exercises so much, she must ensure that she consumes enough energy to sustain her and she loves to make her own energy bars using dry plums – one of her favourite flavours – which she uses whenever she needs a quick pick me up.

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