Olympic Games Workout in Athens

The Panathenaic Stadium
Get your blood pumping and try your luck as an Olympian at the very venue where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896 CE. You’ll start your day at the Zappeion, a neoclassical building set just below the National Garden. Here, you’ll meet a trainer and learn how the Ancient Olympics impacted society for over a millennium.

The year 1896 marked the revival of the Ancient Olympic Games, which occurred every four years starting in 776 BCE. You’ll stand in the very spot where the athletes stood and learn how they trained, what the games entailed, and how the competition evolved. In addition, your trainer will share interesting (and ancient) sports trivia so that you can stump your friends back home!

After learning about the games, you'll start your workout in a historic gym. Your trainer will teach you some classic techniques from the original Olympic events, including the discus and the javelin throw. You'll also practice more modern sports, such as the shot put, long jump, and relay race.

All of your training will prepare you for your own competition — a race in the Panathenaic Stadium! This stadium is the only one in the world made entirely of marble. Following the hallowed track, you'll race around the arena before receiving your official certificate of participation.

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