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Train Like an Olympian With This Workout By Amanda Russell

Posted Aug 08 2012 9:00am
Amanda Russell

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Being an Olympian may be amongst the highest badges of honor when it comes to being an athlete. It literally signifies things far beyond talent—it stands for perseverance, commitment, sacrifice.

I personally know what it takes to train and compete at the highest level, I WAS an athlete training for the Olympics , and although my career was cut very short (and very devastatingly), the training, the knowledge, the work ethic and, above all, the mental and physical strength will live on in me forever. Why do I tell you this? I tell you this because I learned something very profound through my time as an athlete, and more importantly, through my time "post-athlete." We all have that inner athlete in us—the secret is it’s 90 percent in your head. So make the commitment to set a goal, and go after it. I have designed the workout below based on my own training. This workout is not only effective and will breed some pretty incredible results, but also it's mentally tough—REALLY tough. The idea is not for you to master it right away; it’s for you to train with it, work towards and go after it with all that you have. Yes, you will fall. It will be hard. There will be times throughout when you want to give up, but during those times, call on your inner athlete. When your body says "no," make the decision in your head to say "yes," to test your limits and surprise yourself. Now, let’s DO IT!

Train Like an Olympian Workout by Amanda Russell

What To do: The idea in this Train Like an Olympian Workout is to do each exercise for 30 seconds, moving from one exercise to the next consecutively with little to no rest in between. Each circuit takes four minutes. Take a a 60- to 90-second recovery and repeat two more times. It’s SHORT, but if you do it right, it’s more effective than most 75- to 90-minute workouts! The Workout:
  • One-Leg Skaters Over Barrier
  • Inside Reptile + Push Up
  • Burpee Jacks
  • Hand Stand Kicks
  • Oblique Mountain Climbers
  • Hip-Ups
  • Turkish Get Ups with Jump
  • Dive Bomber Push-Ups
  How was it?! Don’t forget to tell me how you FEEL in the comments section on my  Facebook , and shoot me a tweet @arfit . Let’s inspire everyone to do this! —Amanda Russell Amanda Russell stars in  Amanda Russell TV , a popular YouTube fitness and lifestyle channel that brings the gym to you, for free. Amanda showcases a fun, new, calorie-torching workout every week, while helping motivate viewers to look and feel their best with insider diet tips and tricks. She also hosts an interactive website , where you can find everything from the latest tips and trends in health and fitness to personalized fitness programs based on your unique needs.  


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