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Photo: Head & Shoulders

Welcome to Wellness Confidential, our quick-fire interview series where we ask hard-hitting (okay, entertaining) wellness questions, lightning round-style. 

And right now, we’re gearing up for the Summer Olympics by quizzing some of the coolest, strongest, and most athletic people we know: Team USA contenders. This week we’re chatting with diver David Boudia, who already took home a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and is a favorite to win again.  

My typical day of training

I have a morning session from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., go home for lunch, and then head back for an afternoon session. I do a combination of land training on the trampoline and also water training.

I never pack a gym bag without

My suit and towel, phone, and toiletry bag with travel-sized Head & Shoulders.

The best way to relieve sore muscles

A massage is always nice, but putting a good movie on and sinking deep into the couch to rest up does the trick, too.

My weekends are made of

Family time. Lately it’s going to the park and convincing my daughter to go down the slide!

The best way to fuel up during a training session

Smoothies, because you can pack in vegetables and mix it in with fruit to make it taste really good.

Favorite healthy snack

Carrots and hummus.

Favorite protein-packed lunch

Turkey avocado sandwich.

My favorite way to style my sneakers

I like to make them look good without tying them. My favorites are Nike Flyknits.

The best way to get psyched up before a competition

Loud music and a strategy game on my phone.

To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin August 5. 

Athletes, they’re just like us? Well, maybe not: Find out how much training it really takes to be a track star, and how soccer standout Julie Johnston is prepping for Rio