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A day in the life with Danny O’Shea

Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea
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A day in the life with Danny O’Shea

What does figure skater Danny O'Shea eat throughout a typical training day?

I wake up at 7 a.m. and get ready to spend about three hours training on the ice with an additional two and a half hours of off-ice training. My nutrition plan consists of a lot of small meals throughout the day designed to keep our energy level up and help us train at peak performance. As a sample breakfast, I might have a protein shake with: protein powder, egg whites, peanut butter, old fashion oats, and water.

A day in the life with Tarah Kayne

What does figure skater Tarah Kayne eat throughout a typical training day?

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My partner Tarah Kayne and I start at 8:10 a.m. with an activation and warm up. Then at 8:30, we have off-ice lift class. At 9:10 to 10:10 we have our first pair session. From 10:20 to 10:30 we do mirror work in the ballet room. I try and grab a snack, sometimes a Chobani yogurt with granola with plenty of water, during my break.

We get back on the ice from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. for a single session where we work on our jumps. We then have another break where we eat lunch (I like to have grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, and a grain like rice or quinoa with more water) and get back on the ice from 1:10 to 2:10 for a second pair session. After the second pair session we have an on-ice group class from 2:10 to 2:30.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays we have fitness from 2:40 to 4 p.m. Most of our workouts are a grueling, but the hardest are probably the ones that are both physically and mentally draining. I like doing Pilates and running.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we have ballet during that time slot.

I work from 4 to 5:30 p.m. teaching figure skating, too. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I work personal training group classes from 6 to 7 p.m.

For dinner, I like to have a protein, a salad with lots of colors, and a sweet potato with unsweetened iced tea. If I get to indulge, I pick ice cream!

I am usually asleep by 10:30 p.m.

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Pairs figure skater Danny O’Shea skates alongside partner Tarah Kayne

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