Jakob Samuelsson

Decathlete Sweden

My name is Jakob Samuelsson, I’m a 20 year old decathlete/ javelin thrower from Sweden, Competing for Hässelby SK and the national team. I’ve competed in track and field since I was very young, I was no more than 6 or 7 years old when I started, and ever since the first competition I did, I was hooked! I love the feeling of pushing myself to the limits, to give everything and see how far it takes me.

What does Forever Better mean to you?

Forever Better for me, is striving for perfection. You may never get there, but the goal is to always find improvements or flaws and work on them to better yourself. It may be your training, your nutrition or your recovery. Whatever it takes to get that extra advantage against your opponents.

How does your training routine look like?

Since I compete in decathlon, I have 10 different events to focus on. And therefore my training looks different every week. Especially when its the competition season and I want my body to be as alert and reactive as possible! But during the build up season when I train about 10-12 sessions a week, we make sure to have 3-4 running sessions (both longer runs or shorter intervals), 3-4 strengths sessions with focus on getting as explosive and strong as possible without putting on too much size. One gymnastic session and 2-4 technique sessions. It all depends on current form and other aspects.

What are your goals for the future?

Like many other athletes, my main goal and longterm goal is to reach the Olympics. I want to be able to call myself an Olympian. My short term goals is the U23 European Championships in Gävle 2019.

What’s one piece of kit you could not live without?

Definitely my tube roll, I use it in every warmup and after every session/ competition to make sure I get rid of possible soreness or just to ease up the muscles.

Why is Rest and Recovery important to your performance?

Recovery is key to keep injuries away. And the most important aspect for any athlete is to stay injury free and keep consistency in training. Therefore recovery plays a huge part of being an athlete and to be able to perform at your very best as often as possible!