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How Michael Phelps Trains Outside of the Pool (And a Giveaway to Get You Psyched!)

We got the scoop on Michael Phelps workout…outside of the pool!

We are blogging on behalf of the Visa Go World Olympic Campaign and receive compensation for our time, but the thoughts, words, and promotions on this page are FBG’s, not Visa’s. The gift card promotion is not sponsored by Visa in any way. 

We are simply fascinated by the workouts of different Olympians. So when Visa Go World asked us to work with them to help cheer on Team Visa athletes (#VisaGoWorld if you’re Tweeting!) during the London 2012 Olympic Games—and share insights into how its sponsored athletes do the amazing things that they do—well, we dove in, back-flipped and splashed around with Olympic Games happiness.

We’ll be sharing lots of cool Visa Go World content with you during and after The Games, but we wanted to kick things off with the Olympian of all Olympians: Michael Phelps. We know he’s a force to be reckoned with in the pool, but how else does he train? Watch on for Phelps’ workout on land…it’s a smashing good time!

Makes you want to hit (Get it? Haha!) the boxing ring doesn’t it? Man, we are SO pumped for London 2012!

Want to get even more in on the Visa Go World excitement? We’re giving away a $20 Visa  gift card to help get you pumped for The Games. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with why you watch The Olympics. Oh, and while it’s not required, we also encourage you to check out Visa Go World’s Facebook page for this awesome app where you can cheer on your favorite athletes. It’s super fun and super cool. We’ll select a winner in about a week; U.S. readers only please!

Good luck, ladies and gents! The countdown to London 2012 is on… —Jenn


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  1. I watch the Olympics because I love to see how extraordinary these athletes perform. I find it gives me super motivation to keep fitness a key factor in my life!

  2. Amanda says:

    I watch the Olympics because it inspires me so much! Growing up watching athletes like Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh go from the AVP tour champs to eventually winning gold is so amazing! I think it’s great how unified everyone is in representing their countries in a fun way.

  3. LauraT says:

    I love watching the Olympics, especially the summer games. It is so exciting to see the competition between such phenomenal athletes across the world. Seeing so many countries come together in the spirit of sport and games temporarily takes away the negativity of world politics and war. Go Team USA!

  4. Jenna Z says:

    This summer I have challenged myself to try out EVERY single summer Olympic sport. So I’ll be watching a few of them so that I actually know what they are. Example-Handball is completely different than what I thought it was!

  5. Debbie E. says:

    The Olympics are so motivational, especially when they have the stories of sacrifice and obstacles overcome to get there.

    I have my 2nd (of 10) kickboxing classes tomorrow and it’s hard for me. I feel so awkward punching anything! (lover not a fighter!) I think it will be good for me though, get outside my comfort zone and make me stronger mentally. Thanks for the contest entry.

  6. I like to watch the Olympics just to admire the athletes’ performance and all of the training time they’ve put in. Plus, I live in Colorado Springs, home to the Olympic Training Center, so it’s always cool to be near the athletes while they prepare for the games!

  7. Ivori says:

    I watch the Olympics because my son loves the Male & Female gymnastics teams!
    My son’s face lights up with awe when he sees how flexible, strong and powerful our bodies can be.

  8. Noel says:

    I watch the Olympics for many of the same reasons others have said in their comments (all of the countries together, the stories about the athletes, the hard work, etc.). I am most looking forward to the women’s boxing events, it is history in the making.

  9. I watch the Olympics because I become so inspired by the athletes’ dedication to their sport every time I watch an event- their intensity is just amazing. Gymnastics is my favorite sport to watch- it’s art and muscle combined.

  10. Vicki says:

    “… when Visa Go World asked us to work with them to help cheer on Team Visa athletes …” How did you score this gig? Awesome!

    Anyway, I love the both summer & winter Olympics for all their glory & cheesiness. The inspiration, the blood, sweat, & tears, the joy, the patriotism, the international spirit of athlete, the personal stories, the excitement & thrill of Going for the Gold!

  11. Erin says:

    I love to watch all of the great athletes and be inspired by them!

  12. Kathy says:

    I watch the Olympics to see the amazing feats those athletes can accomplish! I ran track in high school and always wanted to be able to run that fast. Plus it’s the best reality TV out there!

  13. Such an awesome opportunity to share with us! Love learning more about how these amazing athletes train to do what they do. I watch the Olympics because I’m so inspired by the athletes and their dedication and also their stories. It’s also a time when people and communities come together.

  14. Michelle H. says:

    I love cheering for the USA in all sports but I especially love watching the gymnastics. I find it amazing how hard the athletes work and the perfection they execute their moves.

  15. Lorraine says:

    I watch because it is amazing and exciting to see all the human body is capable of. Also to cheer on team USA.

  16. Mami2jcn says:

    I watch the Olympics because it’s fun to root for your favorite countries.

  17. Tasha says:

    I watch because I love sports that highlight a single athlete (I’m not much of a team sports fan).

  18. Lexi says:

    I watch the Olympics to support team USA! I also find the determination and dedication of the athletes to be very inspiring. My favorite event to watch is gymnastics.

  19. Samantha says:

    The Olympic Athletes are the best of the best. I enjoy watching them because they inspire me to be my best, not only in fitness but everyday life.

  20. Ashley says:

    I watch because I am inspired by their dedication! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  21. Joanna Disher says:

    I love watching the Olympics because it is fascinating to see the power and strength of the athletes. I also enjoy the competitive aspect as well!

  22. Rebecca says:

    I watch the Olympics because it’s something my whole family enjoys seeing. Some events make us awe at the athletes, others help us get motivated to be active, and some make us want to get up and cheer for Team USA!

  23. Kim K. says:

    I love watching the Olympics to see the world’s incredible athletes compete. I am inspired by their dedication.

  24. Kelly Franck says:

    LOVE the Olympics!!! It is so inspiring! I can’t wait to watch with my kids and discuss all the dedication and hard work that goes into making these athletes successful!!! I think it will be a powerful lesson for them and a fun way to get excited about eating right and fitness! Major Blog Love for FBG!!!!!!

  25. Casey says:

    I watch the Olympics for inspiration. I love the healthy lifestyle myself-and it’s nice to watch something on TV that is actually people doing GOOD!

  26. Anna says:

    I watch the Olympics to be inspired to try harder in my workouts. I love seeing all these countries come together to compete for gold.

  27. Linda Kish says:

    I watch the Olympics because I love to watch the gymnastics.

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  28. @pluvk says:

    What an amazing opportunity to blog on behalf of and work with Visa Go World! Awesome! I definitely admire the dedication that these athletes have to their fitness regime, diet, and training. They are incredible! I love to watch the divers and gymnasts… during the winter sports, it’s figure skating all the way!

  29. anash says:

    i watch because i love the competition heat! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  30. Meghan says:

    I love watching the silly stories about each athlete.

  31. Meg says:

    I watch the Olympics for the variety and motivation!

  32. Whitney says:

    I love the gymnastics portion of the Olympics. How can they contort themselves like that and live? It is simply amazing! Every bone in my body would break.

  33. Julie says:

    I love to watch the swimming and gymastics events…Its so exciting

  34. Emily says:

    I watch the Olympics because they motivate me, but mostly because once every two years (winter + summer!) we come together as a nation, no matter what our political affiliation, to cheer on TEAM USA! Hearing the Star Spangled Banner play at the Olympics always gives me chills. It is the best feeling in the world.

  35. Michelle Thayer says:

    I like to watch for the team spirit. It’s the only time the world comes together as one to celebrate.

  36. Vivian (@jeteseviv) says:

    I watch the Olympics because it is the culmination of where hard work and dedication can take you. I don’t find anything more inspiring than that.

  37. Megan says:

    I love watching the gymnastics and it is probably what draws me into the Olympics the most, but really I try to watch as many events as I can.

  38. Jenn C says:

    I love to watch the Olympics. I love to see the comradery and team work. Even if it’s an individual event/sport, you can see their counterparts cheering them on. I was never in team sports growing up so I feel I can live vicariously through these athletes. I’m so proud to be an American 🙂

  39. It’s inspiring to watch athletes demonstrate their abilities at that level. Plus, this year I’ll be excited to watch because London is one of my favorite cities.

  40. Desire' says:

    It’s fun and inspiring to watch these athletes strive for perfection.

  41. Leah Baird says:

    I watch the Olympics because it’s amazing the determination and skills of the athletes.

  42. Charity S says:

    I watch to support Team USA!

  43. Jessica To says:

    I like to watch the Olympics to root on the USA and watch the skill of all of the athletes.

  44. Miss Katie says:

    I watch the Olympics because it shows the power of Sport. How it can inspire us and challenge us to be better. Learning about what athletes have had to overcome is one of my favorite parts. I also love to see how countries with so many differences can unite under the similarity of the Olympics.

  45. Jenn says:

    And the winner of the $20 Visa gift card is comment #34 Emily! Congrats! Emailing you now to get you your goodies. 🙂

    –FBG Jenn

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