Training To Qualify 2020 Olympics: Interview With Olympian Camilla Gluckstein

Training To Qualify 2020 Olympics: Interview With Olympian Camilla Gluckstein

Over the past several months, World-class athlete, Camilla (Gomes) Gluckstein has teamed up with YOLKED as a brand ambassador, helping to get the word out on clean recovery. Today, we have the pleasure of chatting with Camilla about the physical and mental aspects of training to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

She shared all the details on her daily training routine and diet (hint: it includes YOLKED) as she trains hard to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Hi Camilla! Tell us a little bit about your trampoline and fitness background: how did you first get into the sport –did you always enjoy it?

My first sport as a kid was swimming when I was six years old. When I was almost eight, I wanted to try a different sport. I really wanted to do volleyball (FYI I am 5’1) so my mom told me to try gymnastics instead. I started in the rec program in artistic gymnastics, we had a trampoline in the side of the gym and I would want to stay the whole hour there. Later that year, I got invited to try the trampoline competitor team! Ever since then, I’ve been involved with trampoline. 

The feeling of flying I got from when I was a little kid stills makes my heart beat fast, I love what I do!!

And in 2012 I made the Brazilian National Team… I have been ranked #1 since then. 

Looking back, what advice do you wish you would have told your younger self when you were first starting out? 

I wish I knew back then what I know: If you want to achieve your best potential, you have to put your priorities first, show up everyday, work hard no matter what, eat a healthy and balanced diet, SLEEP and repeat. (haha) 

But seriously, if you want to be the best athlete you can be you don’t have any space for (what if…).

Obviously you’re a professional athlete in a specific sport, but in your eyes, what is it that makes an every-day-person an “athlete”? 

You don’t have to compete to be an athlete. An everyday-athlete connects their fitness to their mental and physical health. 

They also know that food is not something to be “worked off,” but instead helps to fuel the celebration of what your body can do. 

In my opinion, we’re all everyday-athletes, whether we’re reaching our max in a fitness class, on a track, on a trail, in a pool or trying to make it into the Olympics, we’re pushing our bodies to be stronger.

Do you have any tips for staying motivated? What advice do you have for other athletes who are in a rut?

Motivation won’t come easy, you have to work for it. 

Know that you will have more bad days then good days but those days are the ones that make you stronger! 

Always remind yourself of your goals and your “Y”.

Give us a day-in-the-life of Camilla.

  • I usually wake up around 8. Some days I’ll do a quick 5-10 min meditation to start my day off right. 
  • Before breakfast I chug 36oz of water and take probiotic, omega 3 and Vit C at breakfast which is usually oatmeal with berries and egg whites. 
  • I do CrossFit 2-3x/week in the morning or I will sneak in a weightlifting session to work on my strength. 
  • After that I train (jump) for 3 hours, so I’ll have a carb drink or an RX bar. 
  • After training I have lunch (which is usually brown rice, veggies, chicken and avocado).
  • Then it’s time to coach! I coach gymnastics/trampoline from 3:30-8/9pm. 
  • Once I get home I prepare dinner which is almost always the same thing because I enjoy it so much (salmon or any other fish, sweet potato and veggies), shower and go to bed! 
  • Before bed, I take YOLKED and CBD for a good night of sleep. This helps me wake up fresh and recover to attack another day. 

When it comes to recovery, what do you do to take care of your body after training so many hours?

 I ALWAYS stretch, before and after a training session, take Epsom Salt baths, monthly massages, chiropractor and acupuncture. 

What are your favorite de-stressing techniques?

Meditation and hot bubbly baths! Journaling also helps me clear my mind.

Based on your years of experience, what would you say is the toughest part of training?

Your mindset. If your mind isn’t there there’s no way you will enjoy what you are doing. But if your mind is there and you are FULLY present, you will enjoy the process – every day! 

What is your 2020 goal?

Make it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!

What is it like to have your husband as your coach?

Having Steven as a coach is kind of tricku. I love having him as my support right there… but sometimes I will treat him as my husband and not my coach and that part isn’t fun. I am still learning to leave the “relationship” outside the gym – inside it’s just me and my coach. He wants me to be my best and I am so grateful for that!

What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?

I am a 6x national champion, South American Games champion and for the past 2 years (2018/2019) I made history in Brazil having the best finish in a world championships (14th place)! 

I also have a bronze synchronized medal from a World Cup in 2019 which was a really good moment for me in the sport. 

My dream goal is to make it to the Olympics. I was very close to making it and the favorite one to be in Rio 2016…unfortunately after a bad meet, I was out. So this year, I am hungrier than ever now and ready to give it my all and qualify for 2020. 

Becoming a YOLKED Athlete

Whether you are training for the Olympics, a masters athlete, Utra-OCR,  or weekend warrior, you want to make sure that the supplements you choose are certified and safe to use. The beautiful thing is that you don’t have to be training for the Olympics like Camilla to experience the benefits of YOLKED. 

No matter what your training regimen entails, recovery is essential. Recover clean with YOLKED®, scientifically proven to help your body utilize protein more efficiently to build lean muscle and improve recovery.

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