Here we go. (HITTING THE WALL) (BUFF DUDES TRAIN
FOR ARTISTIC SWIMMING) Brandon, what are you doing? Well I’m just
practising my posing, you know, I mean,
I’ve got to bring my A game. We’re meeting the
artistic swimming team. That is true. I think I got this
one in the bag. Well, maybe just hold back
a little bit because you don’t want your head to
get as big as that guy’s. That’s true. I mean, we’ve got to fit through
the door to eat breakfast. Speaking of breakfast,
let’s go eat. All right. (CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA) I’m Claudia Holzner. I’m Jacqueline Simoneau. And we’re part of the Canadian
Olympic artistic swimming team. So leading up to a competition,
we have a lot of training. We do a lot of
hours in the water. Do a lot of hours of
strength training. We do a lot of flexibility. In the routine, I think we
will hit the wall quite often. You always have
to tell yourself, “Just one more time,
one more time, one more time.” We have to make sure we have the
right mind-set going into it, saying, OK, we can do this.
Push through it. – Claudia, Jackie.
– Hello! Nice to meet you. – Nice to meet you.
– Yeah! How we doing? Synchronised already. Yeah. How long have both of you been
doing the artistic swimming? – It’s been 16.
– 16? 12 years now. What’s like an average
training week look like? Depending on where we are
in our training season, it can go from seven to
10 hours in the pool. We kind of crosstrain a lot.
So we run and we bike. We swim. We go to the gym. We do Pilates, ballet. How do you stay motivated
after all these years? Yeah, that’s a long time. Having that Olympic
experience made me want to do anything
to relive it again. So that’s my motivation
again for Tokyo 2020. Ready to hit the pool? And the gym. Yeah, I’m ready for a pump.
Got to use this energy. Let’s do it. (ARTISTIC SWIMMING WARM-UP) Welcome to the gym. There’s a lot of
cross-training in our sport. So we don’t actually
start in the pool today. We start on land
and we’re going to start by simulating one of our routines. So we do this to warm up
and get our lungs warmed up, so some hypoxic training. So get some deep breaths
in now. Really, why? – You’ll need it later on.
– You’re making me nervous. You’re going to be
on the rowers. We’ll give you a nose clip.
We’ll put on our routine. When we go under in real life, we’ll tell you to
hold your breath. OK. When we tell you come
up, you can breathe. – We’re rowing this whole time?
– Constantly rowing. – How long is this song?
– Four minutes. – Oh, yeah.
– And this goes on like this. That goes on the top. – This goes on the top here?
– Yeah. This goes on the top. Other way round. Make sure it’s nice and tight. – Can you through your nose?
– No. – Ready to start rowing?
– Let’s do it. All right, start. (ROWING + BREATHING EXERCISE –
4 MINUTES) OK, under, breathe. Hold your breath. Oh, now we hold? Hold your breath! They’re cheating! OK, breathe. Hold. OK, breathe. Back separate when
you hold your breath. Come on, keep it up. – Come on, push, pull.
– Almost there. Pull! Breathe, breathe,
breathe, you can breathe. Yeah, you can do it! You’re at the last time you
have to hold your breath. Hold on. Final stretch. 100%, go, go, go, go, go. Pull. Done. I hate you both. Completely different story when you’re exerting that much
energy, on top of having to
hold your breath. I thought this was
supposed to be artistic. We’re going to do this again. And this time, put a
smile on that face. – Do we have to?
– No, no. It’s a joke. It’s a joke. (ARTISTIC SWIMMING TRAINING) All right, so we’re going to
do our land set now. That works almost every
single muscle in the body. Warms us up for a
day in the water. You get tested every month to see that our training
is in the right direction and that we’re doing
everything that we need to do to look fit for the summer. One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four,
extend your knee. I’m trying! One…two… OK, we’ll get you to ten
and then we’ll start doing. All right, we’ll take a break. No, let’s go, let’s go. Ready? Legs up. One. All the way up to
your shoulders. Like a candle position. So now you’re going to go
side to side with your legs. So windshield wipers. This is how they clean
windows in Canada. Extend your leg. Your legs are so bent. And now we’re going up
into bridge and hold for 20. – Ready?
– Yeah. And up. One, two, oh, Matt, three. 19, 20. Forward and back and forward. Back. Back, forward,
back, forward, back. OK, so now you’re going to take
your right hand in front, side, back, down. And switch arms. Two, side, back, down. Now mountain climbers. Bring your knees in
directly to your elbows. Six, seven. Let’s go. Nine, ten. Five, six, seven,
eight, nine, ten. Keep going. And up. Keep going! The next up is needles. So this is our
flexibility session. I’m going to start my piking
now on forward here, touch the ground. And, lift your leg
up into a split. – Left leg up.
– One, two… That’s all we got. – ..three.
– I know. – I wish I could go more.
– ..four, five… ..six. This is what my coach would do. Oh. There we go. – Stretch?
– Yeah. That’s helped. Thank you. Breathe. I feel like I’m going
through like Lamaze classes. How close is this to what
you do while underwater, while holding your breath? This is just a part of
what we do in the water. You’re not upside down, so you don’t have blood rushing
to your head. It’s easier, but
it’s a good training for what we do in the water. Is this the part where
we get in the water? Yes, we’ll wash off the sweat and we’ll get ready
for the pool. Sound good. Artistic swimming,
or synchronised swimming, is a pretty new Olympic sport. It was first included
in the 1984 LA Olympics and has been pretty
popular since then. Besides rhythmic gymnastics, it’s the only exclusively
female sport in the Olympics. Since 2000, there have been two
competitions, the team event and the duet. Hey, buff dudes. Welcome to the pool. This is our team. Hi, Buff Dudes. – Hey.
– Hi. So we’re going to
show you some moves. – Time to put on our shorts.
– Yeah. Them just waiting in the pool
is concerning me already. Because how easy it looks
for them. Nice. Here we go. Bye, Buff Dudes! Bye. All right. We’re gonna teach
you guys a routine. And whoever shows the best
moves gets to win the medal. One, two, three. So we’re gonna do what’s
called the land drill. We’re going to go
through the movements with our head above the water. Five, seven arms up. Two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, down, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Body moves. One, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight. Legs up. Two, three, four, spin,
five, six, seven, eight. – That’s really good!
– Yeah! – That’s tough.
– Yeah, that’s tough. That is incredibly tough. OK, are we ready? Five, seven, arms up. Two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight. Ready. Two, three, four. Under! And legs up. Pretty good. Travelling a little bit. Not bad.
Yeah. There’s a big dock there. This is it. Drum roll. Game face on. Five, seven, arms up. Two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight. Down, two, three, four, ready,
five, six, seven, eight. Perfect. OK, we’re going to tell
you guys who the winner is. It’s a tough one. All right! Thank you both. I learned that I could never
do what both of you do. High five. Going into today, I had
no expectation whatsoever. I was a little bit
nervous at the beginning. I think we shared how
difficult this sport is and what it takes to be a team. When you talk about
artistic swimming, it is so much more exhausting
than you think it would be. I can honestly say I
have never done anything even remotely close to holding
my breath while performing high
intensity. We feel a part of the team. The backup, backup,
backup, backup team. I was quite surprised
by their capacity to what they can
do in the water. It was a great day overall. Next time on
Hitting The Wall… We’re meeting up with Joe to check out his
canoe slalom training. Do we have what it takes? Let’s find out.