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Where to Train Like an Olympian

In a few short days, the opening ceremony for one of the world’s biggest events will unfurl. Yep, the Total Recall premiere. Also: the Olympics. And while it’s too late to compete in London, now’s the time to start training for Rio in 2016. These places can help.

Shuttlecocking with a World Champ
BADMINTON

Shuttlecocking with a World Champ

The Training: Courtesy of 30-year shuttlecock veteran Andy Chong, head coach for Team USA at last year’s Badminton World Federation Championships in London and occasional instructor to the Bose Corporation (seriously).
Degree of Difficulty: Medium. If only for those 200 mph serves.

Backstroking in Unison with Others
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Backstroking in Unison with Others

The Training: A seven-week program for mastering moves like “eggbeaters” and “sculling” (we don’t know either). Not to mention nailing choreography routines and forming human pinwheels to theme music.
Degree of Difficulty: High. Also: you might have to wear a Speedo.

Foxboro. But for Shooting Arrows.
ARCHERY

Foxboro. But for Shooting Arrows.

The Training: USA Archery–certified instruction on all things bow-and-arrow. In a 14-lane indoor range that uses beginner- and hunting-caliber bows and arrows.
Degree of Difficulty: High. Your previous archery experience via coat hanger and pen doesn’t hold much weight here.

Time to Dust Off That Swim Cap
WATER POLO

Time to Dust Off That Swim Cap

The Training: You’ll train and play with a USA Water Polo–affiliated team, which has competed in NYC, Hawaii, DC and Toronto (a true water polo hotbed).
Degree of Difficulty: Medium-high. Like playing ultimate frisbee with a ball, while treading water in a pool. And you thought soccer was tiring.

Jousting for Points in Somerville
FENCING

Jousting for Points in Somerville

The Training: Full-gear instruction in a facility sanctioned by the US Fencing Association, where you’ll learn jousting moves to rival those of Inigo Montoya.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy-medium. They’re not going to start you off against a six-fingered man or anything. Still: those foils smart.

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