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How to Train Like an Olympic Hopeful

How to Train Like an Olympic Hopeful

Posted by Team John Paul Mitchell Systems on May 9th 2016

Paul Mitchell® volleyball player Casey Patterson is more than the darling of our office. He’s the 2013 AVP Best Offensive Player, one half of the 2014 AVP Men's Team of the Year and a current Olympic hopeful. We recently caught up with Mr. Boom to pick his brain about his journey on the road to Rio.

Paul Mitchell: First of all, for those not in the know╌what are you training for?

Casey Patterson: The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  


PM: How many training sessions do you do in a day and what do they consist of?

CP: I normally spend four hours at the beach.

8:15am╌one mile run in the deep sand and active dynamic warmup

8:45am╌rake the court and get it tournament-style flat.  

9:00am╌Thirty minutes of strict work with my coach Tyler

9:30am╌Two hours of drills and match play

1:30pm╌one mile run, then weights and lifting with my partner Jake and strength coach Tim Pelot, and then one more glorious mile to end the day

Then I head home for karate, tennis or baseball practice with my boys.

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PM: What’s your morning routine like on a training day╌how quickly (or slowly) are you out the door?  

CP: I’m up at 5 a.m. I drive to the pier in Huntington Beach and lock my equipment to the post. Then I go home and make breakfast for the kids.  They’re up at 7 a.m. and I get them fed, dressed and ready for school. At 8 a.m., I hug and kiss the kids and leave for the beach.  


PM: What’s your food intake looking like? Like are you going all Michael Phelps and eating 12,000 calories a day?

CP: Haha! No, I actually have to be very strict about what I eat. With the "36 year old dad metabolism," I have to be very clean with my diet. I consume around 3,500 calories a day.


PM: How much sleep do you get a night?

CP: Not very much! A dad’s job is 24 hours a day.


PM: Does stretching and/or foam rolling play a big part in your training?

CP: This plays a massive role in my recovery. I do 30 minutes every night before bed.

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PM: So give us the timeline. If everything goes well, when will you know that you’re headed to Rio?

CP: June 14th is the final day to qualify.

PM: Ok! Fingers crossed!


PM: What’s packed in your Rio bag? Any Paul Mitchell® travel-sized products? *wink*

CP: If I get to pack bags for Rio, I will probably have tears of joy. And I will 100% have my MITCH® travel kit with plenty of Matterial® to battle the humidity and keep the suave-hawk looking clean.


UPDATE: Casey and his partner Jake GIbbs have qualified for the Olympics! Congrats, guys!