Usain Bolt Wants To Train With You In Lockdown - Men's Health Magazine Australia

Usain Bolt Wants To Train With You In Lockdown

Thanks to Peloton, you can now train like Bolt with a program that includes sprints, squats and, of course, a lot of reggae and dancehall tunes.

The Olympics are starting in a matter of days and while the international sporting event will shine a spotlight on a new batch of athletes vying for that gold medal, one can’t help but think of the man who came to embody the Olympics: Usain Bolt. With his infectious energy, enthusiasm and camaraderie, Bolt was a beacon of light which isn’t so different from seeing him in action too, tearing up the track like a neon flash in the Jamaican colours. At his peak, Bolt won 134 of his 146 races between 2008 and 2017, won eight Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles. His legacy is one that can’t be touched. 

But if you thought Usain Bolt was spending his days of retirement lying horizontal, you can think again. The world’s fastest man might have hung up his spikes for now, but he’s still making exercise a priority, getting in a sweat-inducing session via the Peloton app, be it on the bike or on the mat. Joining the thousands who have taken up Peloton only to become a loyal and avid supporter of the fitness company, Bolt explains, “I trained very hard as a professional sprinter for 15+ years, but now I work out when I want and prefer training in a group or community. Peloton offers that.” 

With many of us now finding ourselves in lockdown, summoning the motivation to workout from the living room or garage can be difficult. Knowing the importance of motivation and the support that comes from working out with others, Bolt is looking to ensure you don’t give up on your fitness goals by teaming up with Peloton so you can train with the Olympic star. Now, Aussies can join nine elite athletes from the global Peloton community, including the likes of Bolt, Allyson Felix, Andre De Grasse, Angelique Kerber, Becky and Ellie Downie, John John Florence, Kathleen Baker and Scout Bassett. Prepare to be pushed and trained like the champion you are. 

So, just what can you expect from a Bolt Peloton class? The global sports star will have you sprinting, squatting and stretching to his favourite reggae and dancehall tunes, with built-in recovery days for a well-rounded week of training. The best part is you don’t need any equipment to get started (which also means no excuses). Simply download the Peloton app and get ready to earn some badges. 

The program features five training days and two rest days, incorporating running, strength and stretching for a well-rounded week designed by Bolt himself, in collaboration with Peloton’s head instructor Robin Arzon. Given that the Peloton App is also currently available for a free 90-day trial, you’d be mad not to give this a try. Who says you can’t achieve anything in lockdown? We might just emerge as our fittest and fastest selves yet. 

To find out more or to sign up, visit the official Peloton website here. 

By Jessica Campbell

Jess is a storyteller committed to sharing the human stories that lie at the heart of sport.

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