Team USA Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman on Training by uSports

Aly Raisman, a 22-year-old on the Team USA 2016 Olympic gymnastics team will be competing in a few weeks in Brazil. She is the captain of the squad that is projected to win gold in the overall gymnastics program. She discussed her training and pre-competition rituals with uSports.

Raisman took a year off in after the 2012 London Olympics and had to really dig deep to get back into gymnast shape.

Working out is her job and she takes it seriously. She frequently works a 7.5-hour-day, with the hours are split up for rest in between. “Everyday I workout from 8:30 am to around 11:30 am and then I go back [to the gym] from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at night,” Raisman told our parent site uInterview. “I do a lot of conditioning and strength and flexibility and then I do a lot of routines.”

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When it comes to competing she has a few tricks that help keep her calm and mentally prepare.

“Before a competition I always like to call my parents just to talk to them,” she said. “Normally, I’m not with them because I’m traveling with the National team so I’m normally in another country. To hear their voice and just to have them give me a couple words of advice is really great,” Raisman said.

After talking to her parents and before competing she doesn’t over analyze her events or competition and trusts that she is prepared enough. “I like to just listen to music just to relax and do my hair and make-up and not really think about it too much,” she said.

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