Newsflash: Olympic training is hard. Even as a civilian of respectable fitness, I will probably never achieve a level of athletic acumen sufficient enough to understand how hard it is. But that doesn't mean it wasn't worth a try.
When a representative for Josh Holland -- one of Madonna's tour trainers who will be helping out at the Olympics -- contacted the Healthy Living team about working out on the equipment that will be installed at the main gyms in the Olympic village, I jumped at the chance.
Two weeks later I found myself in an elegant, polished showroom for TechnoGym in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. It wasn't exactly the setting I would most associate with a glycogen-blasting, muscle-trembling nuclear-grade Olympic workout, but I was happy to enjoy the blast of central air conditioning and faint scent of eucalyptus.