Rio-bound gymnast Aly Raisman is in the gym 30 hours a week so she makes the most of her time off

By Char Adams
Updated July 15, 2016 02:00 PM
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Gymnast Aly Raisman may be on her way to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but during her down time, she turns the elite gymnast off.

The 22-year-old spends at least 30 hours a week in the gym, so she cherishes her only day off – Sunday.

“I like to do completely nothing. I like to lay on the couch and be lazy for a day,” she told PEOPLE at the Team USA Media Summit in the spring. “But when it is nice out I like to go for walks.”

She added: “I live in a private area and I have two dogs so I like to relax and go for walks with them and spend time with my family and friends.”

Raisman is one of the yet-to-be-nicknamed five gymnasts who earned spots on the Rio-bound U.S. women’s gymnastics team.

The team includes: Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.

Although Raisman enjoys her relaxing time off, she says she doesn’t mind spending hours in the gym.

“It’s definitely my first home, not even my second,” she says. “But I wouldn’t have it any other way because I want to make that Olympic team more than anything.”

And Raisman’s hard work has paid off.

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will kick off on Aug. 5.