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How to Train Like an Olympian By Ramona Braganza: Luge

Posted by Ramona Braganza

February 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

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While it may look like the athletes are not doing anything , they are actually doing everything! Quickness and reaction, along with having total control of their muscles are essential when competing as a Luge athlete. Luge olympic athletes often steer with their shoulders, feet, and hands reaching speeds of upto 87 mph. To train for their sport, athletes include Olympic lifting and agility drills.

Ramona Braganza's Olympic Luge Tip:

As we age we lose our ability to react quickly. Improving agility can keep us light on our feet and able to take control of a potentially dangerous situations (think slippery ice in the winter, or a wet bathroom floor). Add in weekly agility drills such as the ladder to train your body and brain.

In order to complete a ladder agility drill, you will need an agility ladder. There are different variations of this drill. One includes stepping quickly and light through all of the spaces in the ladder. Another includes facing sideways and taking quick lateral steps through the spaces in the ladder. You can get creative and try your own variations of hopping through the agility ladder.

Yes Wellness Supplement Recommendation:

When training like an olympic luge athlete, it is important to make sure that your muscles aren't too stressed and that they recover well from all of the training. That is why the Yes Wellness supplement recommendation when training like a Luge olympian is muscle recovery, or post workouts.The benefits of post-workouts include that they:

  • Decrease the protein breakdown
  • Increase protein synthesis
  • Replenish energy
  • Repair any damage caused by workout

Check back tomorrow to read more about Ramona's tip on how to train like a skeleton athlete.

 

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