Natalie Coughlin is a pretty big deal. Not only is the swimmer a 12-time Olympic medalist, she is one medal shy of becoming the most decorated American female Olympic athlete in history. A goal, which she will likely meet this summer in Rio. We caught up with Coughlin to see how training is going, what keeps her fueled up and more.
What does training for the Olympics even involve?
I’m in the water six days a week, two hours at a time. I’m also in the gym 90 minutes a session, four times a week. I’m constantly training, but recovery is a big part of training too. In my down time, my biggest hobby is cooking. I decompress after training by cooking a really wonderful dinner or prepping breakfast for the next morning.
What do you eat to keep your body running properly?
Getting a lot of protein is the most important thing for me. I have protein for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also snacks. I always have almonds on hand and other great resources of protein to make sure I’m recovering and repairing for my body for the next practice or competition. I have what I call my emergency packs, which contains almonds, herbal teas and chocolate — for when my sweet tooth comes around!