In order to achieve perfectly sculpted bodies, Olympians need to train hard. Here is a list of workouts that athletes have to endure to get in shape.
Cross-country skier Andy Newell says hiking and running with poles is one of the best workouts both skiers and regular people can do to work their body and lungs. Not scared of a challenge, Newell mixes up his cross-training with extreme obstacle course races like Tough Mudder.
Billy Demong dreads doing four sets of four minutes with a short rest in between (4x4 interval training). This elevates his heart rate and results in faster gains in his fitness.
Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher avoids injury by using a foam roller and doing dynamic stretches every morning. Fletcher’s most intense workouts include maximum output testing to see how hard his body can work.
“I enjoy road biking in the spring and summer,” says luger Chris Mazdzer. “It’s a great way to keep the volume up without the impact or overuse of my cross-country muscles.” In the gym, Mazdzer often does two sets of twenty squats with heavy weights, alternated with four minutes of rest, for maximum results.
Bobsledder Elana Meyers regularly does tempo workouts -- alternating running with sets of abdominal exercises with weights and medicine balls. She also views eccentric workouts as a killer. As a student at George Washington University, Meyers played both shortstop and pitcher for the softball team.