Friday, November 4, 2011

A Day in the Life of World Champion McKayla Maroney

Did you ever wonder what a day in the life of an elite gymnast was like? Every gym is completely different. Recently, reigning World Champion McKayla Maroney offered to share what her daily life is like training as an elite athlete. 


7:00 AM - "An average day for me usually [starts with] waking up at 7:00am then going downstairs to get some breakfast. Right after that I have to get started on my school work because I am home schooled. I'm home schooled because I live almost two hours away from my gym, AOGC, and we couldn't find a school that would let me out early enough to actually be on time for gym. But we finally found a house half an hour away from the gym that me and my family will be moving into soon. I'm so excited because this two hour drive is really hard, and I have been doing it for almost two years now!"


7:10-11:20 AM - "[I do] my school work from around 7:10am to 11:20am. [Then] I stop and leave the stuff that i didn't finish for after gym. Then I quickly get ready for gym, and pack a snack for break. Usually a power bar, some fruit, and a water. "


11:20-12:50 PM - "Then we leave for the gym. My mom drives me to gym because my dad is at work and because I don't have my license yet, and it's a little to crazy on an LA freeway. The good thing is on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday we have a carpool. My mom will usually drive up, and my friend's mom will usually drive home. It helps my mom out a lot, but our carpool meeting spot is still half an hour away from my house, so my mom still has to drive a lot."


1-5:30 PM  "At 1:00pm our group starts. We run for 10 minutes, then do the National team warm up, and National team conditioning, then start our events! Usually we do three events."


5:30-6 PM - "Then [we take a] break, eat our snack, and rest for half an hour."




6-8:25 PM - "Then [we] go warm up and start our last event. When we finish workout we stretch, then line up, and say thank you, and goodbye to our coaches. Then we grab our gym bag and me and my carpool buddies are out the door."


8:25-9:40 PM - "We drive to our meeting spot which usually takes 40 minutes again, depending on traffic. When we arrive to the meeting spot my mom or dad then takes me from the meeting spot all the way home."


9:40 PM - "[Then I] go inside, take a shower, eat some dinner, do my school work, go on my laptop, then go to bed as soon as possible."


This is a new series that I've started, and there are several other really cool people going to share soon. Let me know who you'd love to hear from! 

14 comments:

  1. allflippedout11/4/11, 1:59 PM

    Someone in college would be really cool! Or someone not in school anymore. The different types of training... (public school, private, school, one-a-day training, home schooled, not living at home, college, out of college/deferring)

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  2. Great post. Much admiration for Maroney in pursuing her dream. For Bekah, As here, 1.30-5.30, I have seen numerous references in blogs, fora, etc. metioning the "National Team Warmup" and National Team Conditioning" routines. However, I have not found a specific writeup of these routines (activity, progression, duration, sets, reps). Is that available somewhere?

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  3. I'd like to read about Aly's day.

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  4. Great post! I would also like to see something similar to what allflippedout suggested! :)

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  5. I think Aly and Jordyn would be awesome!

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  6. I would also love to see a write-up of what this oft-mentioned-yet-elusive National Team warmup, actually consists of!

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  7. Alicia or shawn j because they are not in school. The national team warm up is on the USAgym website in the womens section under elite section.

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  8. @ gymnastdance
    Not to quibble, but I've been through that section a few times and at least I can't find a National Team warmup listed there. If it is there can you be a bit more specific?

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  9. There's a direct link in the post titled "The National Team Warmup", as well as a video and explanation! :)

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  10. Great post!! I can't wait till the next one!!

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  11. Very interesting! Thanks for such an interesting read. I think Someone who would be interesting is maybe dare maxwell who lives with another family to train elite at TDG? Anybody know if there are any others who are currently doing that, but I know put hall had done that in the past with TDG also.

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  12. Reading about aly's day would be nice!

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