Olympic Fitness with Gretchen Bleiler

by Nate

in Athlete Workouts, Celebrity Workouts, Workout Routines

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U.S. Snowboarding queen Gretchen Bleiler is the favorite to bring home the gold at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver this month.  She also just might be the hottest Olympian in Vancouver having already appeared in FHM and Maxim.

Already the owner of three X-Games gold medals, including one in 2008 in the halfpipe, and one earlier this year in the superpipe, Bleiler is looking to improve upon her silver medal performance in the women’s halfpipe at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Gretchen has teamed up with four other Olympians and 24 Hour Fitness to create workouts based on their specialties but geared to everyday athletes, according to Josh Lyon, director of fitness for the California-based company.

“We wanted to bring it to the masses,” said Lyon, who is in Vancouver for the games. “These are workouts that our personal trainers can take somebody through. Or they can go online and watch a film or download a PDF.”

Gretchen’s 3-move workout includes synergistic exercises to improve lower body and core strength as well as balance.

Lunge with Medicine Ball

Stand erect while holding a medicine ball straight in front at
shoulder height. Keeping ball at shoulder height, step forward
with right foot at 2 p.m. and do a lunge, then return to
starting position. Repeat with left foot, stepping forward at 10 p.m.
Perform 3 sets of 10 reps per foot.

Bosu Ball Squats

Stand on an upside-down BOSU® Balance Trainer. Use good posture
with feet shoulder-width apart. Place hands behind head and draw in
abdomen. Perform a three-quarter squat, keeping knees aligned with
feet facing forward. Return to a fully upright position. Do 3 sets of 10
reps.

Lateral Tube Walking

Step both feet inside the resistance tubing and place just above
ankles. Maintaining good posture, step directly to the right so feet are
two shoulder-widths apart. Bring left foot inward until feet are again
hip-width apart. Do 3 sets of 10 reps in each direction.

Click here for the PDF of Bleiler’s workout from 24 Hour Fitness that includes pictures.

“The Olympics demonstrate how we can push our bodies physically and how perseverance can yield extraordinary results,” said Kara Thompson, spokeswoman for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

“Millions of people who are watching the games will start to think about the importance of regular physical activity,” she said.

Here is some video of Gretchen’s preparation for the 2010 Winter X-Games.

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