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23Olympic VILLAGEVILLAGE12345The biggest mistake people make when they start a new training plan is to simply cut down on the amount of food they are eating. But speak to any Olympian and they'll tell you that the lack of correct nutrients can slow down recovery, increase tiredness and decrease performance. There's a lot of good information out there if you do your research, or even seek advice from a professional who understands nutrition linked to your type of goal, so go and find it! The one trait all successful Olympians have in common is their ability to keep themselves motivated to do the things they need to do to achieve their goals. Every Olympian will have long, mid and short term goals, as well as ways to measure them. So take the time to write your goals down, read them regularly and ensure all of your gym sessions are taking you a step further towards achieving your short term goals. Olympians understand the importance of exercise selection and intensity - that one exercise could be perfect for one person but not for another. Don't be influenced by the latest exercise fashion or piece of equipment, just make sure it's the most effective exercise to help you reach your goal.No train, no gain!When most people join their local gym, it isn't usually with the aim of winning an Olympic gold medal! Olympians train up to 4 times a day and training is their life - but even if your goals are more focused on appearance and general health you can still learn a lot from the way Olympians train. Mark Bennett MBE is Dame Kelly Holmes' Head Trainer for VILLAGE Health and Fitness, and here he explains how taking a leaf out of Olympians like Dame Kelly Holmes' book can help us all achieve better results in the gym.If you're looking for the best place to plan and execute your training regime, head straight to VILLAGE Health and Fitness. With a 20 - 25m swimming pool, huge fitness studio, state-of-the-art gym, over 60 fitness classes every week and personalised training programmes to suit your needs, we can help you achieve your goals in double quick time - and who knows, maybe you too could be a double Olympic gold medallist like Dame Kelly Holmes! For more details about our amazing Health and Fitness membership, ask a member of staff at your local VILLAGE hotel now.5 ways to fitness fulfilmentThese 5 basic areas make up every Olympian's training and can all be applied to your workout regime:About the AuthorMark Bennett MBE is Dame Kelly Holmes' head trainer for VILLAGE hotels. Mark specialises in motivation, communication, nutrition and exercise linked to long term learning. With over 20 years experience as a trainer, coach and mentor, his clients have included world champions, British military, English Golf Union, international level sports coaches and already qualified personal trainers. Mark provides performance advice to individuals, sports teams and organisations. He can be contacted on his website www.PDScoach.comOne of the key areas of performance is knowing how long, and when, to rest between workouts. Most people don't realise that when you exercise your body becomes weaker, muscles can be traumatised and your immune system can be at its lowest. So, depending how intense your workout is, your muscles may require between 2 and 5 days rest. All Olympians know that to achieve great results, it's vital to spend time perfecting the basic movements before applying any level of intensity. This is called 'competency before intensity'. With this in mind, never be afraid to take a step back, reduce the level of resistance to perfect the movement and ensure you can feel the muscle that you want to work doing what you want it to do.NutritionRestMovement MotivationSkillsExerciseWant to improve your workout? Join the Club!

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