A day in the life of a Team GB sprinter and European champion can be full on, but finding the balance between training and relaxation is important. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey lets us in on his typical daily routine.
07:30 // On a normal day, I wake up and probably spend about 20-30 minutes in bed because I’m too lazy to get out – especially at the moment, as it’s so cold! Once I’m up, I sort myself out and get downstairs.
08:00 // Depending on how much time I have, I’ll make my two eggs and my bagel for a little sandwich. If I’m running out of time, I’ll have porridge with a bit of honey. Nice and easy, simple and quick! Then I’m off to the track.
09:00 // Once I’m at the track, I’ll probably train for 2-3 hours, depending on the day and what session I’m doing. After some warm up drills, I could be doing anything from an acceleration session, strides, or outdoor sessions working on my rhythm.
12:00 // I’m a bit of a chef and I do like to food prep, so after training I’ll go home and eat some lunch.
13:00 // Once I’m home I like to really wind down, so I’ll maybe play some Fifa or Football Manager if I’m feeling really lazy, or I’ll be chatting to my friends and family down south.
17:00 // Evenings can vary, but I like to cook. I’m pretty good at cooking steak… and salmon! I’m pretty good at cooking most things. If it’s chicken, it might be a bit of curry. I like to stick to high protein and a normal amount of carb. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so a Crunchie might follow after but I take that in moderation!
19:00 // I like to chill out in the evenings and maybe watch some TV. If I get peckish I might have a bit of popcorn.
If I’m not at the track, I’ll be at Powerbase gym, on some CV equipment to warm up. I’d do some remedial work maybe with bands or a light bar, then moving on to some power cleans that are quite explosive, from the floor. From that, I can change depending on the time of year, but it can be a session on the leg press or explosive jumps. My coach likes to mix things up, so I could be pushing a sled or working with discs. There’s a lot of conditioning involved, for about 1.5-2 hours.
For me personally, the gym is supplementary to the track. I’m quite a heavy set person with a bit of muscle so I don’t gym to build muscle but to complement my training on the track. Everything we do there is to compliment my work on the track and get me running faster on the track.
I normally train about six times a week, two days in the gym and three days on the track, with one yoga day too and one day off.
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