Need an exciting way to get fit so that you keep motivated? The way in which Athletes have to train is gruelling and can inspire you!
I am very excited for the 2012 London Olympics this coming summer! The biggest sporting event in the world which we have to wait for every four years has 38 events but I am going to go through some of the very best that are fun, motivational and effective for getting you into great shape.
Best For Revealing Those Abs
Medicine Ball Ab Exercise
There is nothing better than a set of cheese grater abs. Boxers have a variety of muscle characteristics they have to train. What I mean by this is that they need explosive power, agility, and endurance which is very difficult to come by all in one package. When you throw a punch, the punch starts from the legs, transferring through the torso, chest, shoulders and then to the arm. So training emphasis is all over the body. To protect yourself from punches you need an abdominal wall of stone. You will not see a boxer in this day and age without a lean torso area. This is why boxing is particularly good at sculpting the whole of your abs section. To get a full abs workout like a boxer try medicine ball exercises, incorporating twists like in the picture to the left that works the oblique’s and perform normal ab crunches but hold the ball close to your chest.
Best For Improving Your Mood
Besides giving you buns of steel and strong leg muscles taking on an adventure into the nearby woods or countryside will relieve some tension or stress and put you in a good mood. The fresh air and sunlight will give you that boost. Change up your route, with hills, woodland and country road so that your body doesn’t get time to stabilize and you will forever challenge yourself. It’s great for toning up your core and arms as they stabilise you on the bike as well.
Best For Losing Weight
Intensive Sprinting Workout
Intensifying your workouts like executing sprints, weight training, rowing is the best way of losing weight. For weight training it’s not the exercise itself but it’s the intensity in which you do it that turns your body into a fat burning furnace. Check out this article for a better explanation of why intensive weight training is effective for weight loss. But let’s get back on topic. In relation to the Olympics; sprinting is what we call an anaerobic exercise which means you produce energy without burning oxygen. Your body will recover after the workout as opposed to during. When your body starts recovering is when you burn the calories, and this is why this type of workout is so good. You don’t have to workout for very long (no longer than 5 minutes) and you burn the calories throughout the day as you are still recovering from the very intensive sprints all performed within 5 mins. Here is how you should break it down: Run at your maximum for 10 seconds, have a break for 10, followed by a further 20 seconds, have a break for 10. That is one set accumulating to 50 seconds. Do this for 8 sets and that will only take you to 4 minutes! That’s it, your workout done for the dayJ. A sprinter builds up strong, toned quads and glutes. You will be interested to learn ladies that you will give your bottom a lift at the same time.
Best For All-Round Fitness
The Ultimate Endurance Event
I’ve added this one as I have entered myself into my first triathlon in September of this year! I am so pumped up for it, although a little scared haha. It burns a tremendous amount of energy. The guys who do throughout the year attending many events are amongst the most toned athletes in the world, and I’m not just talking about the Olympians, even the keen novice is extremely fit from head to toe. Good upper body strength for swimming, and muscular legs for running and cycling. The variety means the athletes are less likely to have recurring injuries in the same place, and their bodies look well balanced, with a good distribution of muscle.
The reason I have taken up the challenge is for one simple reason, to motivate me to get into the best shape of my life. I want to feel like I have made a great achievement, and to be able to train and compete in differing disciplines all in one race, makes it that more interesting and exciting. Competition and a target like I have set out for myself guys is one of the best ways to get yourself out of a rut. Sometimes you can just get stuck, stuck into the same routine and feel like you’re not doing anything and it really de-motivates you. It happens to me and pretty much everyone, so do yourself a favour and set yourself a goal… Train like an Olympian!
Thanks For Reading! Wish me good luck for the triathlon in September