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How to Train Like an Olympian By Ramona Braganza: Figure Skating

Posted by Ramona Braganza

February 12, 2014 at 7:56 AM

how_to_train_like_a_figure_skaterAs one of the most popular spectator events at the 2014 Winter Olympics gets under way, we will be dazzled by the triple salchow and the triple lutz. Do you know the difference between these jumps? With the first the skater takes off from the edge of the skate and with the second the skater takes off from the toe. What both jumps have in common is that they both require the skater to have tremendous glute and hamstring strength – something most of us could stand to develop as well.

Ramona Braganza's Olympic Figure Skating Tip:

Too many people do not have glute strength. As the primary muscle that drives the lower body, it's imperative to train. Try a single leg glute bridge to build muscle any time anywhere.

To perform this exercise, lie on your back with your arms extended to the side. Bend your knees, with your feet flat on the floor and shoulder width a part. Straighten one leg out in front of you, toe facing up. Squeeze your glutes together and lift your hip off of the floor. Hold for a second and lower yourself. That is one repeition. Do 15-20 reps and then switch to the other leg.

Yes Wellness Supplement Recommendation:

To train like an olympic figure skater, supplement with Vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 has an array of benefits, including:

  • Protecting your heart
  • Healthy skin
  • Enhanced brain functions
  • Strong bones

You can also get Vitamin K2 from foods like:

  • Butter
  • Chicken liver and breast
  • Ground beef
  • Cheese
  • Cheese

Check back tomorrow to learn how to train like a luge athlete.

 

Topics: Fitness, Nutrition

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