Thursday, August 2, 2012

Workout with the Olympic Athletes

Okay, so maybe most of us can’t actually physically workout right next to Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps or Kerri Walsh Jennings, but while we watch the best athletes in the world do their “thing,” we sure don’t need to be sitting on the couch for hours on end becoming less-athletic. So, here is what I propose: take the excitement and adrenaline you feel watching high-powered athletes compete and channel it into an extra mini-workout or two a day. Obviously, it works really well to get on a stationary bike, an elliptical or a treadmill to get your sweat-on while watching the games, but if you don’t have the equipment at home or a gym membership, check out these event-specific, calorie scorchers below.
·         Swimming--Do core work for swimmer’s abs: planks, back extensions, bicycle crunches.
·         Gymnastics--Get chiseled legs and arms: squats, lunges, pushups and tricep dips.
·         Volleyball--Practice your vertical jump: jump squats.
·         Soccer and Basketball--Work on your endurance: jump rope.
·         Boxing--No brainer here: shadow box!
The point is to make sure you aren’t becoming a slug. So enjoy working out with your favorite world-class competitors and maybe we will see you at the 2016 Olympics J

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