What it Takes to Become Springboard Diving Olympians like David Boudia and Steele Johnson

What it Takes to Become Springboard Diving Olympians like David Boudia and Steele Johnson

With the Olympic diving trials having just finished, America is holding its breath for men’s synchronized diving team partners David Boudia and Steele Johnson, as they have been selected to compete against the best divers in the world in Rio this summer. David Boudia first entered the sport of diving by joining a springboard diving team for kids just Like Dive San Diego where he went on to compete in the Speedo National Junior Diving Championships in 2003, on to the US Open in 2006 where he placed first, and now in 2016 he has reached his dream of competing in the Olympic Games. Like his partner, Steele Johnson also began diving at an aquatics club center well on his way to becoming a 15-time winning junior national champion. Steele Johnson has faced a great obstacle that most people would automatically view as a career-stopper. Although accidents in diving are extremely rare, on January 21 in 2009 at age 12, Steele struck his head on a concrete platform doing a reverse 3 ½ summersault in a tuck position that ripped his scalp in half. He fell 33 feet into the water and was motionless until being rescued by his coach. Steele was able to apply what he learned from the accident to become a more successful athlete. In an interview on YouTube the Johnson says, “Something that almost killed me has become the thing that I’m best at”. Just a glance at their backgrounds, and a few things become very clear when asking what it takes to become Olympic divers like these guys: (1) start out young at an...

San Diego Springboard Diving: What Are the Best Exercises for Springboard Divers?

Exercising is a vital component to any athlete’s performance. It keeps one conditioned, strong, healthy, and it even prevents injury. Our San Diego springboard diving students range from dedicated and amazing beginners, to advanced divers who compete. No matter where your skill level is, exercising is essential to being your very best. Core training is fundamental to any diver’s workout routine, but there is another core component that many San Diego springboard diving coaches tend to overlook, and that is your mental conditioning. This article will examine both, and offer some great workout tips to help you perform at your best abilities! What are Good Core Workouts for San Diego Springboard Divers? When most of us think of working out we imagine cardio and weightlifting. According to the Mayo Clinic, core exercises are often neglected which would be a tragedy for divers because the health institute stresses how they help with balance and stability—two vital traits every springboard diver needs in order to perform flawless somersaults. When it comes to easy yet effective effective core training exercises, Bodybuilding.com recommends the following: • Cable crunch. 3 sets of 12-15 reps with a 30-45 second rest. • Barbell side bend, 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest • Crunches, 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest. When doing cable crunches kneel below a TRX or a pulley, and grasp the rope attachment until your hands are level at your face. Slightly flex your hips and let the weight hyperextend your lower back for the starting position of the exercise. Keep your hips motionless and flex your waist...