Countdown to Canada
If you want to train like an Olympian, be a minimalist. "My approach is to do as little as you need to, then shut down," says Jason Hartman, the strength and conditioning coordinator for the U.S. Olympic Committee. According to Men's Health, his gym is barren: "Cinder-block walls...squat racks, lifting platforms, stacks of plates, and... that's about it." That's because in addition to doing as little as you need to, Hartman believes in eliminating "extra stressors." And apparently pretty decor is a stressor. Hartman's workouts are stripped down as well. He has the athletes do squats, dips, pullups, lunges, and sprints, two to three times a week, three sets of tens reps. "That's it," he says. So, there you have it. Easy. A few squats and dips, and you're ready for the 2014 bobsled trials.
Our countdown to Canada continues. Skijoring, also known as a race where dogs (or horses) pull people on skis, hasn't made it to the Olympics since the 1928 St. Moritz Olympische Winterspiele, and sadly, won't be in Vancouver either. But look for skijoring in the 2014 games in Russia (at least if the International Federation for Sleddog Sports has its way).