Get Ready for an Olympic Workout

With the Olympics playing out in Vancouver, a lot of us are glued to our couches watching the amazing athletes perform their event. I am sure we can all appreciate how much dedication it takes to perform at that level. These athletes have all given up any sense of a normal life to train year after year for that one moment.

Along with a lot of you, I have been glued to the television when at home. With that in mind here is a workout you can do anytime you find yourself watching TV. It doesn’t have to be during the Olympics, but keep handy for even after the Olympics are over.

There are two versions to this workout.

Version #1 – Sitting and watching, you must get up during the commercials and move.
Version #2 – 20-30 minute workout. No sitting, but marching on the spot while the show is on and exercises while the commercials are on.

Here are the exercises and should be performed in the order listed and each exercise is performed for the entire length of one commercial. If several commercials in a row, go onto the next exercise in the list.

Squats – body weight. body weight squats

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Wall Sits – against wall, down to 90 degrees wall sit

Plank – prone (isoabs)
Plank – side 1/2 on one side; 1/2 on the other

Split Squats – 1/2 on one side; 1/2 on the othersplit squat

Push Ups – either against counter, wall or on floorprt_pushups

If you run out of steam and can’t complete the exercise for the entire commercial, you must keep moving. Either jumping jacks, mountain climbers or squat jumps can be done until that commercial is over. Remember, if you have never done some of these exercises, be careful. There should be no pain with any of these. Maintain good form throughout.

Try this out and let me know how it goes. If you have suggestions for other combinations, send them along.


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    One Response to “Get Ready for an Olympic Workout”

    Srdjan P - Bloom to Fit

    Working out during commercials and changing up exercises for each new commercial is a great concept!

    I’m not big on TV but next time I’m watching something I’ll give this a try!

    Thanks for the post!


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