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Jutta Leerdam in Workout Gear "Finished the Season"

“Finished the season in a Track record 1.12.86."

Jutta Leerdam is breaking records and flaunting her abs. In a new social media post the speed skater shows off her amazing body while celebrating the end of the season. "Finished the season in a Track record 1.12.86 🤯🥇❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 Thank you all for the support ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥" she captioned the series of Instagram snaps. How does the Dutch athlete approach health and fitness? Here is everything you need to know about her lifestyle habits. 


All Around Athlete

Jutta has a history of athletics. "I did a lot of different sports as a child. I played field hockey for eight years and did gymnastics. I had so much energy," she told Body & Fit. "I started speed skating because my dad really liked the sport. He wanted his children to be able to skate so we could all skate together in the winter. I really liked to see myself get better every time I went. That was the fun part for me. I enjoyed seeing my dad happy and proud of me, too."


Drive to Win

"My goal is the race I need to win next. I'm focused on my fitness goals, too, making sure everything is in balance. I rely on my coach a lot. If I'm not fit enough, or good enough, I'll find out on the ice. I don't like to be too confident. You can lose sharpness because of it. I'm an insecure person but I let my insecurities drive me. If you're a good athlete, you have to be insecure. You need to do better and better. Nothing is ever good enough," she added.


Here Is What She Eats in a Day


Jutta detailed her diet to Body & Fit. "In the morning, I eat oatmeal and lots of fruit. It fills me up because I'm always super hungry from training. I really have to watch my protein intake. If I take too much I get too muscular. As a skater, I have to be strong but I don't want to be too bulky. I see food as my energy. I need carbs. I need fat. I need everything. I eat plenty of vegetables and watch how much food I eat in general, but I wouldn't say I have a cheat day. What really is a cheat day anyway? A burger contains animal proteins and good fats that I can use as energy. I'll watch the saturated fats, but if I feel like it, I eat it, and I don't feel guilty. I use the energy to train the next day," she explained. 



When she isn't speed skating you can find Jutta biking. "We cycle a lot in the summer, block training, mountain biking, hours of easy riding. That's the conditioning part. You need a strong base condition to be able to peak at the right moment. In winter, it's more skating, weight training, and cycling. I train twice a day. We're off one day per week," she said. 


Strong Not Skinny

Jutta focuses on being strong, not skinny. "For me, it's mostly physical. I have to be strong. I need to work on conditioning, flexibility and strength to be fast and explosive on the ice. This sport is a combination of every aspect of physical fitness. Flexibility, endurance, power. If all of those things are in balance, I feel fit. I used to struggle with being skinny. I wanted to LOOK fit. I was a perfectionist. I saw fat on me and I didn't want it. I didn't eat much and everything was super healthy. Now, I'm eating way more to perform. I use food to improve myself as an athlete, not just for looks," she told the publication. 

Leah Groth
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