Monday, February 10, 2014
By Julie Wiegan
Maybe you can’t be at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, but you can feel like an Olympic athlete with these innovative workouts from fitness expert Shana Schneider. So check out the Olympic games and try these exercises with your friends and family at the same time.
This one is fun for a group! Sit on the floor with one person in front of the other so that your arms hang over the person’s legs behind you. Then, when then buzzer goes off, lean side to side and follow the curves of the course on the screen. You can even have the person in front lead the group, then have everyone take a turn being the leader.
Cross Country Skiing
This is a great workout for your arms. Imitate their movement by swinging your arms front to back in opposite directions. Add some light hand weights to this for some extra oomph, but be sure to stay in control of the movement!
Turn your living room into a rink. All you need is wax paper, rubber bands and carpet. Cover your shoes or slippers with the paper, secure it around your ankle with the rubber band, and you’re good to go.
Lay on your back with your arms at your side and your legs straight out. Do a small stomach crunch and hold it. Squeeze everything together with your legs out and your chin pulled in. (If you’ve done pilates, it’s like the very beginning of a roll up.) See if you can hold that position for a full run of the course. For the Skeleton races, do the same thing, but on your stomach!
Mogul Skiing on the couch
Sit with your back nice and straight. Bend your arms like you’re holding a pair of poles and squeeze your knees together, then lift your knees up and move your feet to the right and then the left. See if you can keep this up for the length of the race down the mountain.
Stand with your feet, hip distance apart and arms to the right (one at shoulder height and the other across your body.) Pick up your left foot so you’re standing on one leg. Hop to the other foot and swing your arms to the other side. Another option is to hinge at the waist so your chest is parallel to the floor with your hands behind your back and stand with your legs slightly wider than your shoulders. Shift your weight to one side and step to that side then the other. Remember to engage your abs for this to protect your back. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s an actual exercise you may have done in a fitness class.
Strike a pose– one hand on the board, knees bent and one arm in the air. See if you can hold any of those poses with your two feet on the ground. Now just imagine doing that in the air!