A Village like no other
Like 99.9 per cent of the nation, I've been bowled over by the Olympics. For the first time in ages, I've missed my regular training sessions and instead been engrossed in gymnasts, rowing, volleyball, judo and all the sports I neverthought I would watch. I definitely have Olympic fever...so when I was invited to visit the Olympic Village I jumped at the chance.
As expected security was tight but once in there, and surrounded by the 10,000 athletes staying in the village I was blown away.
First off, we walked past the beauty salon (the most popular facility in the village) were you can get those amazing flags painted on your nails. This is also where the athlete’s get their hair and make up done in preparation for the medal ceremony.
Going further in, I'm amazed by the apartments built especially for the athletes. From one end of the village to the other, flags hung from windows and music blares from balconies. This place has a fun holiday camp type feel. Equipped with a bank, supermarket and well-kept gardens, I'm super impressed by the size of the food court, which is the size of a aircraft hanger and seats up to 5,000 people at a time.
Seeing the gym, or shall I say 'gyms' was the highlight of my trip. The biggest one is located in the heart of the village and is equipped with the best Techno Gym kit around. In this one gym alone, there are 250 pieces of equipment to accommodate all athletes and their chosen sports. Looking around, everyone is doing their thing and enjoying it. I want to join in! There's the Chinese gymnastics team walking on their hands in the corner, and other athletes foam rolling their limbs, doing big compound Olympic lifts and enjoying the internet connection and TV on the treadmills.
I leave the village, wishing I was an athlete. Not only is the gym every exercisers dream, but also there is an exciting vibe and people are clearly there to create memories and then celebrate their hard work before they go back home and start training again once the games are over.
I'm gutted I won't be able to sneak into the village on the evening of the closing ceremony. I can almost guarantee the gym will be empty, the beauty salon will be packed, and there's going to be one hell of a party that night...not to mention some very sore heads come Monday morning!
Fitness Expert at Health and Fitness Magazine (womensfitness.co.uk) and BarreCore Trainer (barrecore.co.uk).