you train for speed? Any specific tips for training to become faster?
Usain Bolt: There are many things
that help someone run faster – conditioning, strength, speed, power, technique
etc. It is not just one factor.You have
to train in a variety of ways and cover all the aspects.
a typical training session for you?
There isn’t really a typical session – training for me is either
on the track or in the gym. It depends
on the time of year and what we are working on.
On the track it can be working on everything from endurance to any
technical aspect of my race – the start, the drive phase, the transition for
both the 100m and 200m. In the gym it’s
general conditioning, strength and power.
often do you train in a year?
I train for 11 months of the year, six days a week. Normally in
the morning and then again in the afternoon.
It’s a lot of work.
does training do for you other than the physical abilities?
Training gives you confidence and this helps your state of mind. I
know if I’m in good shape it’s going to be very hard to beat me, this confidence
is very important in performing well.
What kind of obstacles have you faced and overcame to achieve your
In elite sport injury is always the thing that can slow you
down. We push our bodies to the max and
sometimes we get a sore or injured muscle or joints. I had several injuries in my career but
fortunately I have a good coach and team to help me get back to the top.
particular food and drink that help you when you’re training?
Are you still liking chicken nuggets?
I have a good diet now,
I have a chef who helps me eat well. A lot of chicken, rice, vegetables. Good
Jamaican food. It is also important to
be well hydrated.
your advice for someone who’s struggling to find motivation to reach their
You have to find that
one thing that you know is going to motivate you. You might not enjoy training for
example but you have to love competing and winning. If you want these things you
have to be determined and train hard.
training changed a lot for you in the past few years?
When I started running as a kid, it was fun – I was good at it so
I just did it. I didn’t really have to train that much to win races. As I got older I realized that I have to take
better care of my body. Now diet, rest, recovery etc. is more important that a
few years ago.
What’s your single-most greatest
Well, my single greatest goal is to become the
greatest, pretty much. That's what I
work towards. I want to be remembered as a great sportsman, to have a place in
Which other athlete inspires
your to become better?
I have always admired Kevin Garnett as he is a
player that whether winning or losing he gives his all and inspires those
around him to raise their game.
Also my mentor and coach Glen Mills. He used to tell
me, “Everybody on the circuit, everybody at the Championships are talented
athletes already. It’s the work you put in that makes you a champion, or better
that the other talented person.”
Usain Bolt is a PUMA athlete and wears the new PUMA IGNITE XT shoe.
take on training is that it’s not an end goal but rather a means to a more
positive self and a stronger game. The more energy you put in, the more you get
back. PUMA Training swaps excuses for endorphins and aims to be faster,
stronger and fiercer. No matter what.