It’s been eight years since gold medalist Lindsey Vonn competed at the Olympics. She has returned to the 2018 Winter Olympics ready to medal again — but not without her hardcore training regimen.
Since recovering from the injury that kept her out of the 2014 games, she focuses much of her “warm-up” on keeping her glutes and legs strong. But working her full body before she trains outdoors is just as important in helping her prepare for February’s events. Here’s what she’s been up to at the gym.
The ‘Mission Impossible’ workout
One of the hardest elements to add into your workout routine isn’t a more intense exercise or an extra lifting session — it’s making your time at the gym more enjoyable. Looking for a fun workout to try? Just get horizontal, in the air, suspended from the ceiling by ropes. What could possibly go wrong?
Next: Lindsey Vonn doesn’t believe medicine balls belong anywhere near the floor.
Airborne medicine balls
A medicine ball can weigh up to 25 pounds, which wouldn’t be a huge deal if Vonn were simply carrying them around the gym. She takes things to the extreme — as a gold medalist will do — and throws them upward into the air to maintain her strength. You probably shouldn’t try that at home.
Next: You’ve probably never done a sit-up like this.
Wrecking ball sit-ups
If you really want to tone your core — and hips, lower back, and butt — try doing a few sets of sit-ups. Not just any sit-ups — Lindsey Vonn-level sit-ups. If you don’t have a wrecking ball handy, you can probably just stay on the floor.
Next: You’ve also probably never “skipped” quite like this.
Skiing requires a lot of power, strength, and endurance, which is why athletes use these drills as part of their warm-up training. Skipping mainly functions as a lower-body workout, but if you carry a medicine ball above your head while you’re doing it, all your muscles will show up for the event.
Next: This is a basic workout, but anyone can benefit from it — Olympian or not.
A circuit training session can involve a collection of exercises to train multiple muscle groups or a combination of strength and aerobic moves depending on a person’s goals. It encourages you to focus on different parts of your body without spending too much time on one particular exercise.
Olympic athletes like Lindsey Vonn perform these workouts in preparation for practicing their specific sport to reduce injury risk.
Next: You may have jumped around a lot as a little kid. This is a little more intense.
Jumping exercises are a form of plyometric exercise, which athletes use to strengthen different muscles simultaneously.
These explosive movements tone multiple muscle groups and increase your power. Their high intensity, however, makes them a little too risky for beginners. Work your way up to these exercises slowly and carefully.
Next: What’s a good workout without a little resistance?
Resistance band exercises
Exercising with resistance bands makes things a little tougher — and that’s a good thing. Resistance training helps you build muscle, which is essential when you’re speeding down a hill and responsible for both supporting and skillfully maneuvering your own weight.
Anyone from beginner to Olympian can train with resistance bands. Just make sure to choose the moves and intensity that align with your fitness level before you give them a try.
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