Fitness Experts: Usain Bolt
Usain St.Leo Bolt, the world’s fastest man, is an iconic athlete known by all sport fans around the world. Widely known for his breathtaking speed, he holds three world sprinting records, 6 Olympic gold medals, and was 8 times World Champion. Bolt is definitely giving the world’s top sprinters a run for their money!
I chose to write about Usain Bolt for my fitness expert. My first reason for choosing him is because I consider Bolt to be the epitome of physical fitness. He excels in all five components of fitness - being the proud owner of one of mankind’s most sculpted bodies; he has flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, body composition, muscular endurance and strength. Another reason I have chosen Bolt is because I admire his discipline and determination. As an athlete myself, I know that his fitness and diet regimen is incredibly difficult to live by. This, combined with his natural talent, is why he is on the top. My final reason for choosing Bolt is simply because he is number one in the world for his sport. Like Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan, “Lighting Bolt” is a legend.
As a professional sprinter, Bolt mainly competes in short distance races such as 100m and 200m. He is also considering taking part in the long jump and 400m run. However, this 6’5” sprinter doesn’t only run- he also lifts weight, dances, and plays soccer and cricket. Growing up, Bolt was surrounded by sports, though he didn’t start seriously running until high school when his cricket coach encouraged him to take part in track and field. While Bolt’s fitness expertise is mainly in sprints, he is very athletic as well. He is an accomplished cricket and football player; when he retires he hopes to play football for Manchester United and cricket for the Big Bash League in Australia.
Bolt’s training workout routine includes plyometric training, weightlifting, and flexibility training along with running and balance training. His plyometric training includes bunny hops, box jumps, bounding, leg extensions, squats, and lunges. Some weightlifting exercises he does are chest presses, cable knee drives, hanging leg drives, and explosive steps with weighted barbells. He uses weightlifting to strengthen his muscles, not to bulk up (this increases risk of injury for sprinters). Another essential component of Bolt’s training is his diet. To maintain a high energy level he eats 6 meals a day. Foods such as chicken fillet, pork, fish, and yams make up his meals which usually consist of 60% protein, 30% carbohydrates, and 10% fats.
Bolt’s dedication to his rigorous training allows him to hit a high speed of over 27 mph, but this continuous operation that he demands from his body does not come free of injury. Early in his career he was plagued with pain in his hamstring and lower back. This is understandable considering the speeds this 207 pound sprinter achieves. To prevent further damage Bolt does lots of stretching before and after training. He plans to retire after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games but until then he must keep in peak condition and injury free.
Since turning professional at age 18, Bolt has accomplished much and has become one of the world’s most recognized Olympians. As a naturally gifted athlete, he has not only raised the level of competition for sprinters but he is also an inspiration to all people who exercise. Bolt set out to show the world that he was the greatest at what he does and he did not disappoint. Whether or not he takes it a step further before he retires is the question. Whatever the outcome happens to be, there is no doubt that Bolt has taken the world by a storm! Works Cited
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