As the current Olympic champion and world record holder in the decathlon, Ashton Eaton maintains long hours, strong workouts and a reliance on signature drills like the one he demonstrates in the following video from Nike Running.
Track and field athletes like Eaton who have emerged in their disciplines to smash previously unattainable records seem to be part of a elite cadre of individuals who just keep getting better and better at the sport. For example, this New York Times interactive graphic shows the progression of the 100 meter race, and how much distance current Olympic champion Usain Bolt has put between himself and the first Olympic champion of 1896, Thomas Burke.
Will athletes in track and field eventually hit a ceiling based on sheer limits to the human body? Is there a secret as to why athletes just keep getting better? Eaton answered some questions on these topics at the WIRED Health Conference earlier this week.