Simone Biles shows off her toned abs on the cover of cover Health magazine when she starts talking about how seeing a psychologist has helped her “get in tune” with herself.
The gymnast, who models a mix of sportswear and designer pieces in the July/August issue, spoke candidly about the precautions she is taking to fight burnout and injury as she prepares for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
‘I regularly give athletic massages and ice massages. I also wear compression boots and take Epsom salt baths,” she said, “And I see my gym doctor every Friday for a check-in.”
Cover star: Simone Biles, 24, graced the cover of the July/August issue of Health magazine
Preparation: In the gymnast’s cover interview, she described the self-care routine she follows to ensure she is mentally and physically prepared for the Tokyo Olympics
Biles’ self-care goes beyond the physical, and she attributes regular therapy to help her cope with past trauma and the constant pressures of her sport.
“For a while I saw a psychologist once every two weeks,” she said. “That helped me tune in to myself so that I felt more comfortable and less anxious.”
Biles was one of more than 150 women who were sexually assaulted by disgraced former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nasser during his 30-year career.
After sharing her story publicly in 2018, she revealed that she was taking anti-anxiety medication and entered therapy.
Prioritizing her mental health was especially important to the athlete when she learned she would have to continue her grueling gym workouts for another year after the The 2020 Olympics have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Optimistic: As she struggled with a ‘whirlwind of emotions’ after the Olympics were postponed due to COVID-19, she said she ‘just knew [she’d] be ready’
Self-care: Gold medal winner gets regular massages, takes Epsom salt baths and uses compression boots next to her sports doctor every Friday
Feeling good: Biles also shared that she saw a psychologist once every two weeks, which helped her “get in tune” with herself and reduced her anxiety
“It was a whirlwind of emotions — I couldn’t believe the news,” she told Health. ‘I was sad. I was angry. I was annoyed. But I also knew it had to be done to keep everyone safe and get the virus under control.”
In the trailer for her upcoming docuseries Facebook Watch, Biles expresses concern that she won’t be “as good” a year later, but explained to the magazine that she is confident in her training and her abilities.
“I knew my coaches would make sure I was ready no matter how long the delay was,” she said. ‘Obviously another year of training on your body takes its toll. But I just knew I’d be ready.’
Biles trains at the World Champions Center, the gym founded by her parents Ron and Nellie Biles in Spring, Texas.
As a black gymnast in a sport that used to have little diversity, she spoke about the importance of her training in family gymnastics.
Another gold: Biles’ latest cover story dropped on Thursday, just days after she claimed her record seventh title at the US Gymnastics Championship
Where the magic happens: Biles trains at the World Champions Center, the gym founded by her parents Ron and Nellie Biles in Spring, Texas
Mission: “Representation is important, and we want to inspire the next generation to pursue their passion,” Biles said of her family business. She is pictured at the 2016 Olympics in Rio
“Representation is important, and we want to inspire the next generation to pursue their passion,” she said. “Kids can come in and we train in the back, and they can see we’re just like them. It helps them to understand that they can do it too.’
Biles is the most decorated American gymnast ever with 30 combined Olympic and World Championship medals, but that only makes her more motivated to do more.
When asked what advice she would give her younger self, she said she would tell herself “don’t be so stubborn and be a little happier – to know it’s not over just because something happens in one day.” . You can keep pushing.’
Biles’ latest cover story appeared on Thursday, just days after she claimed her record seventh title at the US Gymnastics Championships.
Her two-day total of 119,650 was nearly five points better than runner-up Sunisa Lee and close friend and teammate Jordan Chiles.
Biles’ overall score on Sunday of 60,100 was her highest since 2018 and she noted that she is only getting better with the Tokyo Games less than seven weeks away.