Athlete Blog With Ellie McGeough: IMG Academy Week 1
My First week at IMG Academy Florida complete and I’m still able to walk (just about!)
Classes start at 7.45am followed by training, which starts at 1.30pm every day and finishes around 5pm. Training kicked off with a bang on the first day and sessions last about 2 hours. It starts with the famous (Loren) Seagrave warm up, which consists of more than an hour of dynamic stretching, core based exercises and drills (grabbing hydration and ice bags to cool you down whenever you can!).
After the warm up we start into either a technical session or an endurance session. Video analysis is used to help work on our technique. We haven’t done much speed work yet as the first 4 weeks will be mainly focused on fitness and strengthening. The heat is probably the hardest factor, with temperatures between 35-39 degrees Celsius this week and really humid so sweating buckets is a given and sun block a must.
Saturday morning our training overlaps with the pros who train here – there weren’t many this weekend as some are at the World Champs in Beijng along with Loren and Marsha the lead coaches. I’m looking forward to seeing Tiana Bartoleta when she gets back after her gold in the long jump. Saturday’s morning session involved hills on a specially built grass mound as hills don’t actually exist in Florida!
Nutrition recovery and ice baths are all provided after training and we have been evaluated by an athletic trainer for injury monitoring. Lunch is good, really healthy stuff – no desserts! We have been given a load of Underarmour gear including shoes and bags (spikes to come) and a lot of it is winter stuff so it will be useful when I go back home.