Train Like an Olympian in Salt Lake City

Professional athletes work hard to ensure that if they make it to the Olympics, they'll get more of the thrill of competition and less of the agony of defeat. If you'd like to put your strength and endurance to the test, there are plenty of gyms, trails, tracks, and pools across the Salt Lake valley that offer a challenge. Pick an Olympic sport you'd like to explore and check out the recommended facility so you can start training like a champion instead of coaching from the couch this Olympic season.

Golf
Glenwild Golf Club, Park City

Take a swing and soak up some sunshine playing golf at one of the most beautiful, high-altitude courses in the United States. It doesn't get much swankier than this gorgeous golf course, tucked into the awe-inspiring mountain scenery of Park City and designed by Tom Fazio, one of the premier golf course designers in the world. While golfers in Rio are trying to beat the heat, you'll be enjoying mountain breezes and being spoiled at the exclusive spa.

Mountain Biking
Wasatch Crest Trail, Guardsman Pass

The same slopes that host world-class skiing make a superb playground for mountain bikers in the summer season. Utah trails and canyons are crowded with thrill seekers of the wheeled and helmeted variety, who bounce and slide, defying gravity by plummeting down to earth. The Wasatch Crest Trail is a classic, beginning at the pass straddling Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon. It ascends aptly named "Puke Hill," and winds at breakneck speed through Millcreek Canyon. Make sure you traverse it on even numbered days when the canyon is open to bike traffic and it's clear sailing all the way to the valley floor.

Boxing
Title Boxing, Cottonwood Heights

This club delivers a knockout workout with eight rounds of tough, intense exercise that'll have you shaking it out and coming back for more. Jab, cross, and throw hooks under the guidance of a personal trainer or attend a 60-minute class of high-energy music and friendly instructors. Classes burn up to 1,000 calories an hour and your first shot is always free. You'll walk away feeling like you won a looser belt and the championship title.

Swimming
Energy Solutions Aquatic Center, Toelle

Just a short drive outside the city is the largest pool in Utah, located at the Desert Peak Complex. The Energy Solutions Aquatic Complex boasts 750,000 gallons of water and an 8 lane Olympic swimming pool. Dive to your hearts content because at 12 feet down, you won't be getting to the bottom of things anytime soon.

Running
Utah Olympic Oval Indoor Track, Park City

Train at the track surrounding the Olympic ice that hosted figure and speed skating events at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The 442 meters of indoor track gives ample opportunity to find your stride and the Olympic Oval is one of the few in the state that is climate controlled year round to a comfortable 65 degrees. If you're a dedicated runner, you'll want to race on over and check it out.

Kaz Weida is a parenting and food blogger who has been hunting down the best Salt Lake City has to offer for the last decade. She speaks fluent sarcasm and has a penchant for all things vintage. You can find her blogging at asweetlittlelife.com.

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