Exercises of the Olympians
Dallas, TX, February 28, 2006 – As the Olympics draw to a close, many are filled with nostalgia as we say goodbye to the winter games for another four years.
Between Jeff Bean of Canada, who managed a heart-stopping safe landing after losing both skis in midair during the ski aerials competition, and the disaster in judgment that left American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis in the powder as Switzerland’s Tanja Frieden stole first place, the 2006 Olympics did not disappoint. And fans should not be disappointed either.
As future Olympians worldwide continue in their meticulous preparations for contests and competitions, regular Joes can learn from their routines and incorporate aspects of their favorite sports into their workouts, both in gyms and at home.
“It is important to vary your fitness routines so as not to get bored,” says Dallas-based Fitness Trainers To Go CEO and Founder Robert Korngiebel. “Find things to do that you enjoy, or that interest you and incorporate them into your regimen.”
At all winter games, the turnout on the ski slopes is impressive. Skiers and fans alike can learn from these athletes whose exercises focus on muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and aerobic conditioning. The legs are crucial for skiers. Simple exercises that challenge the leg muscles include some common exercise equipment. To build muscle mass in the legs, experts recommend frequent sessions with the leg press, cable adductor and abductor pulls, the hamstring curl machine, and the calf machine, which can be substituted by raising and lowering the body at the edge of a stair step.
For fans of the ice skating competitions, invest in a pair of inline skates, or rent a pair from a local skating rink. Hit the pavement and gracefully mimic the fluidity of the professionals. Roller skating burns 413-604 calories an hour and recent studies show that inline skating burns nearly as many calories as running, without the high-impact on the joints. Enthusiasts can also enroll in lessons, or purchase passes to local ice skating rinks.
A disappointment for Americans this year, ice hockey is another winter Olympic favorite. Important muscle groups for hockey players are the legs and the core muscles. In all cases, weak musculature can be a serious detriment to the sport. To build leg and abdominal muscles from the comfort of your home, trainers advise doing three, 10-12 repetitions of sumo squats and lunges. Abdominal exercises can range from traditional crunches on the floor to exercises using a stability ball or taking the plank position for a minute at a time.
Whether or not you decide to pursue your favorite sport, you can enjoy the knowledge that the exercises you are doing are consistent with those of your favorite athletes.
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