James Magnussen, FINA world champion 100m freestyler and Commonwealth gold medallist, is health and fitness focused and firmly believes that it is his holistic approach to his well-being and the support of his followers that has led to his success.
“I think the key word is balance,” said Magnussen. “I enjoy a range of things in my life and I try and make sure I find time and energy for them all.”
Magnussen won the 100m freestyle in the 2011 Australian Championships and claimed his first national title, gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in the 4x100m freestyle relay, in 2010.
“Whilst training and recovery is a priority, I also find time to enjoy my life, spend time with my friends and family, and take advantage of some of the great opportunities swimming brings my way,” said Magnussen.
Nicknamed ‘Maggie’, Magnussen’s biggest supporters are his mother and father, Donna and Robert, and his brother, Daniel.
“Work and exercise are basically one and the same for me,” said Magnussen. “It is important that I remain focussed and disciplined, but I certainly like to keep plenty of time aside to live the life of a 20-year-old.”
As a Body Science (BSc) ambassador, Magnussen maintains his health and fitness using a holistic approach.
“I train in the pool and also attend dry-land sessions 6 days a week,” said Magnussen. “I also have a great team of support staff at the News South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS), who help me in areas such as physio and recovery.”
“With the team at Body Science I have developed a holistic program of nutrition and supplementation, which allows me to get through a high volume of physical training and to recover well each day and stay healthy.”
Magnussen says that your personal health should always be your number one priority as it is the most important aspect of life and needs to be attended to on a daily basis.
“I believe the key to moving forward with your fitness is consistency,” said Magnussen. “The biggest gains are to be made on days where you might not be feeling your best. However, you still need to turn up and work to the limit you are capable of.”
A balanced diet has helped Magnussen to achieve success in the pool.
“I have really concentrated on nutrition in recent times,” said Magnussen. “It is important to have a really balanced diet and not just to think about food as a fuel source, but to also really understand the role food plays in your overall energy and immunity systems.”
“I also believe it is important to identify potential weaknesses or areas where supplementation may assist,” said Magnussen. “An example for me is something as simple as taking a daily BSc multivitamin to address my overall vitamin and mineral levels.”
James Magnussen says that he owes his success to his supporters.
“I would just like to thank people for their support of my career to date, and encourage them to pursue their own personal goals, whatever they may be.”