London 2012 Olympic Games | Women’s Soccer | Tae Kwon Do

Coverage by Santa Monica Personal Training correspondent Jill: So far, the London 2012 Olympic Games have been an amazing feat of organization, co-operation and execution. The amount of planning and work it takes to bring an event like this together is unbelievable. And all most of us have to do is just show up and watch. The years of preparation and sacrifice of each of the athletes is amazing. It all comes to a peak every four years. We’re all familiar with the major sports like swimming, soccer, cycling, track and field, gymnastics and basketball, but what about some of the less well-known sports such as field hockey, handball, volleyball or rowing?

The amount of conditioning, training, eating right and getting sleep is equally important regardless of sport.

Walking around the Olympic venues is incredible. The amount of team/country spirit here is overwhelming. The excitement from the crowds at every event is wonderful. Even a sport as sedate as Fencing is filled with rabid fans of each of the teams. Yelling, cheering, flag waving and fist pumping seems to be pretty universal, regardless of country.

Not training for the Olympics? That’s no excuse. You still need to eat right, work out and get sleep to be at your best – in life, not just in sports. Looking to get into shape and start feeling your best? Contact us today to put together a custom workout and eating plan that’s right for you.

USA Team Olympics 2012

Women’s Soccer Olympics 2012 Finals USA wins Gold Medal

Women's Soccer Olympics 2012 Finals USASince I’m not planning on training for the Olympics, the closest I may ever have gotten to an Olympic Gold Medal was last night’s Women’s Soccer Finals where the USA won the Gold Medal. It was as exciting a game as there ever was. USA vs. Japan – the two best teams of these games fought it out on the field. The score was close… the US scored in the first 10 minutes, but we had to wait until the second half for any more scoring. The fans were cheering, flags were waving and everyone was on the edge of their seats.

It all came down to teamwork, as it usually does in games like this. This is no basketball game. There are no slam dunks or multi-million dollar players out there (well, maybe after all of the post-Olympic endorsements…), just a group of exceptionally talented women working all day, everyday to make their dreams a reality. Hard work, practice, training and teamwork are the cornerstones to success in soccer. Even that may not be enough to win a medal in the Olympics. Every team out there, in fact, every Olympian has worked hard, trained hard and practiced for thousands of hours to reach these games. I just felt privileged to be able to attend some of these events and cheer on these amazing athletes.

– Jill

Tae Kwon Do at Olympics 2012

Tae Kwon Do at Olympics 2012Olympics 2012 Tae Kwon Do Chuck Norris Would Be Proud! Many roundhouse kicks!

Note: Most people don’t know this, but Jason was a red belt in Tae Kwon Do by the age of 12. He moved away before being able to test for black belt and switched to Wado-Ryu Karate, earning his black belt by 15 (they made him start from purple belt which was 3rd rank).

Jason taught Karate classes for 1 year. He later switched to Wado-Kai Karate (no pads or sport competition, more hardcore and integrative)



Team USA Handball at Olympics 2012 in London

Team USA Handball at Olympics 2012 in LondonTeam handball.




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Olympic Ab Workout

Hey gang, I’m fired up!!!

Every 4 years I get fired up about the Olympics. I am always able to find stories of athletes to inspire me to greater things both in life and in the gym.

Now, I hate to break it to you, but chances are you will never be in the Olympics. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have the body of an Olympian (it just takes a little work.)

Here is an at-home / do anywhere ab workout inspired by multiple gold medal winner in Beach Volleyball (hopefully another in a few days) and mother of 2 Kerri Walsh.

Knock this sucker out while watching the Kerri and her teammate Misty May dig & spike their way to another US gold this weekend and earn your own gold medal Olympic abs!

Kerri Walsh


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