Hard Bodies: Inside the Workouts

How does one sculpt an Olympic body?
3:00 | 08/04/12

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Reporter:S IT ITS OWN OLYMPIC Sport, rating the best bodice of 2012. Not just on the field or track. They're on the cover of "vogue." Espn magazine, from ryan lochte's buff bod to lolo jones tight abs. Think people forget this is their job. They're not working out to look good. Reporter: These olympic bodies are such an obsession, the bbc created an app to find your closest olympic match. Me? I'd be an american boxer. In the real world it takes a lifetime to look this good. Just how hard do they have to train to achieve perfection? For hope solo's legs, in addition to kicking the soccer ball, there's 10 minutes of straight jump rope. And misty may-treanor's volley backside? The pigeon pose. A complicated stretch to tighten the gluts. And lolo's abs. Training on a set of stairs called death valley. And lochte's arms? Nine swimming sessions a week. And he lifts medicine balls and 450-pound shipyard chain. I know how to push my body more than any other body can handle. Reporter: Then there's the diet. Michael phelps consumes 12,000 calories a day. Power breakfast. fruit. Lunch a giant meatball sandwich. 18 gold medals to his name seems to be working. For former olympian summer sanders knows the sacrifices too well. She said it's all worth it to bring home the gold. A lot what you're seeing is a foundation over a lifetime. It's not all of that time in the gym. That gives these athletes the perfect body. Many of them do brain training. Exercises to give them a mental leg up on the competition. There's an app for that. I've been working on these brain memory exercise, david. I have a long way to go before i enter olympic games.

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