Simone Biles shows off her ripped figure on the cover of Health magazine
Simone Biles shows off her toned abs on the cover of Health magazine as she explains how seeing a psychologist has helped her “get in tune” with herself.
The gymnast, who features a mix of athletic wear and designer pieces in the July / August issue, spoke candidly about the precautions she takes to combat burnout and injury as she prepares for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
âI regularly do sports massages and ice massages. I also use compression boots and take Epsom salt baths, âshe said. âAnd I see my sports doctor every Friday for a check-in.
Cover star: Simone Biles, 24, covers the July / August issue of Health magazine
Getting Ready: In the gymnast’s cover interview, she detailed the self-care routine she follows to ensure she is mentally and physically prepared for the Tokyo Olympics
Biles’ self-care extends beyond the physical, and she credits regular therapy with helping her cope with past trauma and the constant pressure of her sport.
âFor a while, I saw a psychologist once every two weeks,â she said. “It helped me get in tune with myself, so I felt more comfortable and less anxious.”
Biles was one of more than 150 women who were sexually assaulted by former U.S. National Gymnastics Team doctor Larry Nasser during his 30-year career.
After publicly sharing her story in 2018, she revealed that she was taking anxiety medication and going to therapy.
Prioritizing her mental health was especially important to the athlete when she learned that she would have to continue her grueling gymnastics training for another year after the The 2020 Olympics have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Optimistic: As she battled ‘whirlwind of emotions’ after Olympics postponed due to COVID-19, said she’ just knew [she’d] be ready’
Personal care: The gold medalist receives regular massages, takes Epsom salt baths and uses compression boots in addition to seeing her sports doctor every Friday
Feeling good: Biles also shared that he used to see a psychologist once a week, which helped her “get in tune” with herself and reduce her anxiety.
âIt was a whirlwind of emotions – I couldn’t believe the news,â she told Health. ‘I was sad. I was angry. I was annoyed. But I also knew it had to happen to keep everyone safe and get the virus under control.
In the trailer for her upcoming Facebook Watch docuseries, Biles expresses fear that she might not be “as good” a year later, but she explained to the magazine that she is confident in her training and abilities.
âI knew my coaches would make sure I was ready no matter how long the delay was,â she said. âOf course, another year of training on your body is really expensive. But I just knew I would be ready.
Biles trains at the World Champions Center, the gym founded by his parents Ron and Nellie Biles in Spring, Texas.
As a black gymnast in a sport that had little diversity, she spoke about the importance of her training at the family gym.
Another gold medal: Biles’ latest coverage was posted on Thursday, just days after winning his record-breaking seventh U.S. Gymnastics Championship title
Where the magic happens: Biles trains at the World Champions Center, the gym founded by his parents Ron and Nellie Biles in Spring, Texas
Mission: âRepresentation matters and we want to inspire the next generation to pursue their passion,â Biles said of his family gym. She is pictured at the Rio 2016 Olympics
âRepresentation matters and we want to inspire the next generation to pursue their passion,â she said. âThe kids can come in and we’ll practice in the back, and they can see we’re like them. It helps them understand that they can do it too.
Biles is the most decorated American gymnast of all time with 30 medals combined at the Olympics and World Championships, but that only motivates her to do more.
When asked what advice she would give her young daughter, she replied that she would feel “not to be so stubborn and to be a little happier – to know it’s not over just because that something happens in a day “. You can keep pushing.
Biles’ latest cover fell on Thursday, just days after winning his record-breaking seventh title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
Her two-day total of 119.650 was nearly five points better than runner-up Sunisa Lee and her good friend and teammate Jordan Chiles.
Biles’ overall score on Sunday of 60.100 was her highest since 2018 and meant she is only getting better with the Tokyo Games in less than seven weeks.