Tips for Youth Athletes from Team USA
The app features games, a progress screen and "Krunch" challenges designed to empower kids ages 8 to 18 to increase their intake of healthy foods and decrease their intake of unhealthy options. A full Kurbo subscription also comes with a live human coach specifically assigned to each user. Coaches check in with subscribers once a week via phone or video call to provide support, motivation and personalized recommendations.
Several Kurbo coaches are former and hopeful Olympic athletes, and we talked to a few to get their best tips for youth athletes to achieve success.
Manteo MitchellTrack & Field 400m | 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist 1 of 6
"I've found that having a purpose behind your running or training tends to increase your performance. There will be tough days on the track. Your 'purpose' may be the very thing that gets you through such days. Also make sure you have a GREAT pair of shoes to get the job done."
Melissa GergelPole Vault | 2016 Olympic Trialist 2 of 6
"Get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Not only does sleep aid in recovery and weight loss, but research shows that memory, learning, focus and motivation are negatively affected by sleep loss."
Hyleas FountainHeptathlon | 2008 Silver Medalist 3 of 6
"Set an alarm before bed to help start each day on track and always have fruit in the house to grab and go."
Mike DellemannBobsled & Skeleton | Team USA 4 of 6
"It takes a bit of planning and packing of snacks throughout the day, but I make it work. Another critical factor to my health is I drink a lot of water every day. I strive for at least a gallon of water daily."
Jevon Hutchinson400m | Team USA 5 of 6
"I do some type of exercise every day, I rarely drink sugary drinks and I never drink soda."