If you’ve been hiding under a hefty rock with no access to mighty Olympic overlord / broadcaster Channel 7, you mightn’t know who Simone Biles is.
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But you oughta.
The 19-year-old Texan prodigy has absolutely dominated Rio, and has in turn cemented her title as the most decorated female gymnast of all time.
The pocket rocket (she’s 4’8 tall) has scooped up three golds at this year’s Games alone – a nice little addition to her 14-strong world championship medal tally.
Like merman Phelps or a Williams sister, Biles is clearly a freak of athletic nature. Her aptitude must be attributed to some stunning genes – but a fair whack is ultimately her training, preparation and determination. Here’s what we know about some of champion’s habits, and how you can adopt some of them for yourself.
TRAIN FOR 32 HOURS A WEEK
Competing in the Olympics is the pinnacle of human athleticism, and in order to be the best, one must train like there’s on tomorrow.
Biles revealed to Ellen that she trains a whopping 32 hours a week, six days a week – which equates to around 5 hours per day.
In an interview with Women’s Health Magazine, Biles detailed what her daily routine looks like:
“In the morning, I usually get up between 7:40 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. and then I’ll brush my teeth, do my hair, and just throw on my leotard and my clothes and go to the kitchen. I make breakfast, which is usually Kellogg‘s Red Berries or egg whites, and then I go to the gym that’s only 10 minutes away. I have practice from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then I drive home and eat lunch, which is either chicken or fish so I get the protein. I grab a quick snack and head back to the gym from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and usually have more routines. After that, I either have therapy at the gym or at home, and then I eat dinner and chill and do it all again the next day.”
DON’T LET YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES DEFINE YOU
In the same interview, Biles was big on not letting your unique circumstances define you. Referring to her short stature, she said “It’s amazing that I can inspire little kids to know that you can be short or tall, and your body type doesn’t matter because you can do anything.”
HAVE A SOLID SQUAD AROUND YA
“We’ve always had each other’s backs in and out of competition,” Biles told U.S. ABC News. “We support each other the most because we’re the only ones that know what it’s like to go through what we do and so we can’t be more thankful for each other. We’re like sisters.”
KNOW WHEN TO TREAT YO’SELF
Speaking to America’s ABC News recently, Biles revealed her big, cheesy post-competition treat.
“It doesn’t even matter if I don’t win a self-gold, after every meet I have pizza. Pepperoni pizza,” she said.
Photo: @simonebiles / instagram.