We oozed with pride when the Team GB womenõs hockey squad took gold at this yearõs Rio Olympics, but we were also obsessed with their buff bods. As forward Sophie Bray, 26, tells Look: 'hockey demands speed, power, strength, endurance and robustness.' Itõs not for the faint-hearted, and neither are the ladies' gruelling training sessions. We ask Sophie how they do it...
‘In the week, we have six two-hour pitch sessions, three gym sessions and then sometimes we do extra running sessions. At the gym, our main focus is on injury prevention. The best physios work out what our strengths and weaknesses are in terms of muscle strength and movement patterns.’
‘Core strength is important, so try moves such as the plank. Lunges are the basis of hockey movements, so you want to practise your forward lunge, side lunge, backward lunge – you need a solid lunge!’
‘We love our eggs. During the Olympics we had scrambled eggs on toast every day, with Marmite, which we brought with us. We have a nutritionist who makes sure we get the right quantities of everything.’ Carbs are important in between sessions and we always have protein towards the end of the day, so our muscles recover as we sleep.’
‘What comes first for us is being able to deliver on the hockey pitch. We’re healthy, strong women that keep fit in order to be the best team in the world. It’s not about having abs or thigh gaps, but as long as people are exercising and enjoying it, that’s the most important thing. Our mantra is: be the difference, create history, inspire the future.’
‘Recovery is as important as training. After heavy sessions we have a protein bar or shake, and after games we take an ice bath. Sunday is my rest day. I go for a swim after breakfast, but spend the rest of the day chilling out with family and friends.’
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‘Peanut butter on pitta bread. I’ll throw some banana in sometimes, too.’ 120 Cals