Friday, February 26, 2010

Olympic-Inspired Workouts

The 2010 Winter Olympics might be drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean they can't live your fitness routines. "The Olympics draw a lot of attention, emotion and passion so it's a perfect time to use that momentum to encourage yourself to get moving and to take care of yourself," says John Rowley, director of fitness and wellness at the American Institute of Healthcare and Fitness. And don't get discouraged by how fit those competitors are! "All Olympians started somewhere," he points out. "It didn't happen overnight, but everyone there trained consistently and followed their dream. The same is true for anyone who wants to get into shape. Consistent, deliberate action is key." Do you have an Olympian you look up to? "Then use that inspiration to motivate you to get healthy, fit and vibrant!" Rowley adds. Here, he offers a few tips on how to use the great games to get ready for the summer months ahead.

Speed Skater Lunges

Place your hands on your hips and take a comfortable stance with feet shoulder-width apart, head up and torso erect. Step with your right leg out to your side as deep as you can go without moving your left foot. Plant your right foot and bend your knee to 90 degrees. Then, flexing the muscles of your thigh, push yourself back up to standing position and repeat with your left leg. Alternate from side to side. Do 10 reps per leg.

Body-Weight Squat

Place your hands on your hips. From a standing position with feet shoulder-width apart, squat down until both knees reach 90 degrees. As you lower yourself, keep lower back slightly arched, your head up and stick your butt out as if you were going to sit on a chair. Be sure that your knees aren't out past your toes as you descend. If they are, you're not moving your glutes back far enough. Once you reach the bottom position, flex your quads, hamstrings and glutes to power yourself back up to standing position.

Cross Country Lunges

Lunge across the living room, moving your arms as if you were cross country skiing. Or climb steps two at a time with a lunging movement, moving your arms to tone your quads, hams and glutes.

Hand Stand Push-Ups

Start with regular push-ups. Put your feet up on a chair and increase the angle until you are doing push-ups from the hand stand position (like pole vaulters do). This works out your chest, shoulders and triceps.



  1. What a great idea! I have been enjoying the Olympics so much and love these workout ideas!

    Thanks for stoppping by on my SITS day. It means so much to me that you were there to help me celebrate!

    Have a great weekend,

  2. Thank you so much for printing this. Keep up the good work motivating and inspiring people to be their best!

  3. Good ideas. Thanks for the share. :)

  4. Oo the winter olympics have been so much fun to watch I never even thought about relating it to work-outs. Brilliant ideas there.

    SE x


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