Madame Noire | #FITNESSGOALS: Carmelita Jeter On How To Train Like An Olympian And Why Strong Is Beautiful 

Madame Noire | #FITNESSGOALS: Carmelita Jeter On How To Train Like An Olympian And Why Strong Is Beautiful 

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If you ever want to learn a thing or two about discipline, talk to an Olympian. Carmelita Jeter, a gold medalist, and world-renowned sprinter has been running professionally for more than 10 years, and in that time, she’s trained her body to be a powerful machine. So when I had the chance to interview her, I assumed she was going to be serious. You know, one of those play no games, “Track is life” kind of people. But in reality, the 36-year-old Los Angeles native was bubbly, down to earth, and confessed to an addiction of sorts to candy that I could absolutely relate to. Jelly Bellies and cupcakes with sprinkles to be specific. But with goals to reach and medals to grab this summer in Rio, Jeter knows how to dial it back on unhealthy foods while also allowing herself to indulge from time to time, an ability she explained in detail to me.

So we talked to her about what a week in the life is like for her regarding training for the XXXI Olympiad (her second), what an Olympian is allowed to eat, the newfound #StrongIsBeautiful movement, and more. And we learned a lot, including that she prefers stiletto pumps to her track shoes. Read more about the sprinter and become a fan–otherwise known as a member of #TeamJet.

MadameNoire: What does a week of training for the Olympics look like? 

Carmelita Jeter: So Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, I’m in the weight room from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Then I drive to UCLA, which is where I train at. We start at 9 a.m., and I’m done around 11:3011:45 a.m. After that, I usually go this cryo machine, cryotherapy, and it’s basically like getting into a freezer. I get in it for two minutes, and it rejuvenates my body and helps my muscles relax. It’s basically taking an ice bath without the water. Then I head home to eat my lunch, take a shower and relax. My day is pretty much over at 12:30 p.m. So I’m up at 6 and done at 12:30, but it’s an intense six hours.

MN: Your abs are sick! What is your regimen, aside from sprinting and weight training, to stay in shape? 

Jeter: I started doing pilates. I go to Platinum Pilates in Venice Beach. And Ky Evans is actually on that new show, Strong and I’m with him every Tuesday night at 8:30. He’s insane! He’s just a monster with the Pilates, and that’s really why my abs look the way they do.

MN: What kind of meal plan do you have to stick to so you can stay in tip-top shape? 

Jeter: I am 36. So when you pass 33-ish, your body starts changing a little bit. I can easily pack on too much butt and thighs. So what I have to do is I have to change my food, so I’m eating all organic. I’m with NutriFit. And NutriFit brings my meals to me in the morning: They’ll bring me breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and a soup or salad with my dinner. And a dessert only twice a week. And this is how I stay lean. Because I love snacks and sweets. Oh my gosh, I love sweets. I love Jelly Bellies, I can’t get enough of candy, cupcakes with sprinkles. So I can only get one day to be guilty of eating what I like. And it can’t even be the whole day. It can only be one meal so I usually just do it on Sundays because I don’t train on Sundays so I feel like I can enjoy it more. So Monday through Saturday I eat very well. And then Sunday I kind of trick it up a little bit. Say, if I have a breakfast I really want, then the rest of the day I have to stay in the range of how I normally eat.

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