“I actually eat a lot. I talk to my sister, and she says she has three meals a day – sometimes two if she’s busy – and I’m like ‘I have to eat six times a day!”
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She literally went viral in 2012 when her pre-race warm-up routine amassed a jaw-dropping 27 million views on YouTube, and ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games 100m Hurdler Michelle Jenneke spoke with us, serving up some real talk on how much an Olympian actually exercises – and eats – beyond the snippets we might see on screen.
The 24-year-old told us she works out five times a week – three track sessions and two gym sessions that average 1.5-3 hours each, depending on the nature of the workout.
“I do three track sessions a week, and they can be from 2-3 hours each, which can be full on. You do some warm up, a hurdle session, and then a sprint session after that,” she shares, revealing that she hits the “gym twice a week. It’s a lot of heavy weights there, plus full body exercises and quite a bit of plyometric [exercises]. “I start with heavy weights, and then I’ll do some lighter functional circuit, towards the end. All up, that takes an hour and a half to two hours… and sometimes when I finish a session I just lie on the ground.
“I think to myself, ‘it’s just gym, why is it so hard?” she laughs, but to be honest – just reading that makes us tired and hungry AF.
Still, the Blistex ambassador confirmed what we already knew: exercise and nutrition go hand in hand, and to see Olympic-grade results you have to fuel your system correctly.
For the silver medallist, this means “never missing a meal.”
“I actually eat a lot. I talk to my sister, and she says she has three meals a day – sometimes two if she’s busy – and I’m like ‘I have to eat six times a day!
“It really depends on what my training day looks like, but if I’ve got training in the morning (which I often do at the moment) I’ll have cereal generally before I go out and train.
“Then, I actually love having a Milo after a hard session – it’s got good levels of protein and iron in it – and then I make myself a second breakfast, which could be muesli with yoghurt or bacon and eggs.
“Lunch is pretty basic – usually I just have a sandwich – and then for dinner I like to keep it simple.
“I have either some pasta or some rice with meat and veggies,” says Jenekke, and when you think about all the conflicting nutrition information we consume, for this athlete it’s as simple as calories in, calories out.
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