Vegan athletes all over the world are gearing up for Tokyo 2021 (maintaining our fingers crossed!). Some have medals to their names whereas others are making their Olympic debut, however all are coaching onerous to make sure they’ve what it takes to climb that prestigious podium. From footwork to core work and yoga to weight coaching, these plant-based champions are displaying off their coaching in preparation for the worldwide competitors.
1. Vivian Kong
After making historical past as the primary Hong Kong fencer to win a World Cup title, Kong is in search of redemption in 2021. She competed however didn’t earn a spot on the Olympic podium in 2016, however the now 26-year-old has sharpened her expertise (pun supposed). When not practising her foil methods, Kong hits the gymnasium for intense body weight workout routines (simply watch this woman do pull-ups!) and depends on yoga and meditation to maintain her bodily and mentally agile.
2. David Verburg
Verburg already has an Olympic gold medal to his identify after his efficiency within the males’s 4×400 meter in Rio, however he’s nonetheless chasing that Olympic dream. Hoping to win a spot within the particular person 400-meter warmth, Verburg’s coaching has kicked into excessive gear with dash drills, lengthy runs, and evidently some weight coaching. Whereas he’s critical about making the staff, he nonetheless is aware of find out how to have some enjoyable.
3. Tia Blanco
This embellished vegan surfer is eyeing a spot on the Workforce USA surf staff. If chosen, she can be a part of a historic debut in 2021, as it will likely be the primary 12 months browsing will probably be showcased as an Olympic sport. We’re cheering her on as she hits the waves and balances difficult surf days with actually spectacular yoga flows.
4. Serena Williams
When she’s not chasing her younger daughter Olympia round, Williams is acing apply serves and hitting the gymnasium to gear up for 2021. How she has time to run her personal vegan-friendly apparel line, pose for magazines, and keep in competition-level form is past us. She’s a plant-based superwoman.
5. Petra Martic
Croatian tennis participant Petra Martic is vying for a spot in Tokyo come 2021. Presently ranked 18th on the earth for ladies’s singles, she’s onerous at work each on and off the courtroom. She’s drilling down on her backhand, cranking out pull-ups, and even discovering the time for just a few nature hikes.
6. Rachael Adams
This vegan bronze medalist has her sights set on representing Workforce USA in ladies’s volleyball come the brand new 12 months. When she’s not practising her footwork or spikes, yow will discover Adams doing core work and hitting the weights … or on this case, the gallon-sized water bottles.
7. Micky Papa
This vegan boarder has a possibility to make it to the Olympic stage because of the debut of skateboarding in 2021. He’s placing within the work, practising his tips, and incorporating each day yoga and meditation to maintain his physique and mind in stability.
8. Alex Morgan
The delay in Olympic scheduling labored on this vegan soccer star’s favor. A comparatively new mother, Morgan is capitalizing on the additional time to coach. She’s balancing a child, leisure biking, and placing in substantial time on the sphere working drills. We will’t wait to see her again within the recreation!
9. Meagan Duhamel
After attaining Olympic glory in 2018, this vegan pairs determine skating champion (and younger mother) is taking to a brand new stage. Audiences can watch her carry out on Battle of the Blades—a Canadian actuality present that pairs skilled hockey gamers and ice skaters in a contest akin to Dancing with the Stars on ice. Whereas not filming or within the rehearsal room, Duhamel is dedicating time to core work, yoga, and body weight workout routines she will be able to do from dwelling whereas her daughter runs round.
10. Chris Smalling
Previously a Manchester United star defender, Smalling just lately scored a everlasting spot on the Italian staff Roma after a profitable season “on mortgage” with them. Whereas enjoying in Italy, he nonetheless has a shot on the UK nationwide soccer (soccer) staff. You’ll see him practising his A-game on the sphere and cranking out weighted reps to extend his power within the gymnasium. His younger son Leo retains him lots lively as nicely!
11. Naomi Mitchell
Few had heard of this twenty-six-year-old marathoner previous to the elite London Marathon this previous October. She was allowed to compete within the unique race, although her earlier private greatest ranked her lifeless final. She shocked the working world, crossing the end line at 2:33:23—the second British feminine to finish the race. To realize the UK Olympic qualifying tempo, she’s cranking out regular lengthy runs within the British countryside and sprinkling in grueling velocity exercises. Mitchell is unquestionably one to look at within the months main as much as the UK Olympic trials.
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