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How to Train Like an Olympian By Ramona Braganza: Alpine Skiing

Posted by Ramona Braganza

February 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM


Four thousand years ago, before it was a sport, skiing was an important means of transportation. As a sport, downhill alpine events require the most courage. Alpine olympic athletes reach speeds of 40-50 mph, sliding down steep terrain with verticals of up to 1000 meters! Talk about an intense sport!

Ramona Braganza's Olympic Alpine Skiing Tip:

To train like an olympic alpine skier, balance and stability are crucial. Unilateral training helps improve the core and stability. Unilateral training focuses on training one side of your body at a time. An easy way to train like an olympic athlete is to incorporate some form of unilateral training into your workouts, such as a single-leg dumbbell row.

To perform a single-leg dumbbell row you will need one dumbbell. Lean forward on your right leg so that your back is flat. You can choose to lean with the support of a chair in front of you. Hold the dumbell in your right hand and extend the left arm to the floor. Your palms should be facing in and your leg should be grounded into the floor. Ideally, your body should be in a T shape. Draw the weight back up, by slowly bending your right elbow, so that it is aligned with your torso. Hold for a moment. Repeat for 12-15 reps.Switch arms and legs and repeat. You should complete three sets.

Yes Wellness Supplement Recommendation:

To train like an alpine olympic athlete, the Yes Wellness supplement recommendation is L-Arginine. L-Arginine is an essential amino acid that aids in many physiological functions like:

  • Hormone secretion
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Producing nitric oxide in the body

L-Arginine is also excellent for enhancing endurance. You can consume L-Arginine from foods like nuts, seeds, and chocolate or you can purchase supplements to increase your L-Arginine intake.

Check back tomorrow for Ramona's tip on how to train like an ice hockey olympian.


Topics: Fitness, Nutrition

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