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World’s greatest athlete works out with commoners

Oct 15, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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The universe’s greatest athlete, gold medal American decathlete Ashton Eaton, humbled himself this weekend and gave some normal humans a look at his training regiment at a gym in Falls Church, Va.

Dozens joined the free session at a recently opened 24 Hour Fitness as Eaton put them through the same 45-minute workout he used to train for London; one he barely made it through himself Saturday after taking a break from his training rigor post Olympics.

“The Olympics was so stressful,” Eaton told Patch.com. “During and before I was so nervous. It’s not that I didn’t want to be there, but once I got going I was alright.”

Eaton broke the decathlon record at the U.S. Trials in Oregon and became the twelfth American to win the title of “world’s greatest athlete” with his gold in London. U.S. teammate Trey Hardee finished with silver.

Eaton is only 24 now and hopes to become the first American to defend his title since Robert Matthias did it in 1948 and ’52. Of course, Matthias was only 17-years-old when he won his first title – also in London – so Eaton will need a time machine if he wants to really impress us.