Keep fit with these Olympics-inspired workouts


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Olympic fever is on! Only a few more weeks until the games begin. Here are some Olympics-inspired workouts being offered around the Web in anticipation of the 2012 London games:

The American Council on Exercise has developed four-week-long workouts inspired by some of the most popular events in the summer Olympics to help you train like the athletes who will be competing in London this month. As you follow the excitement on TV, you can also get fit with gymnastics, track and field, swimming and cycling-inspired exercise programs.

The gymnastics and track-and-field workouts were developed in partnership with Olympic gold medalists Dominique Dawes (gymnastics) and Allyson Felix (sprinter). Both are members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and Dawes is co-chair of the organization. A new workout will be posted each week leading up to the games at ACAfitness.org/workouts, and will include instructional videos and photos to help demonstrate how to properly perform the exercise that make up each of the workouts.

ACE fitness experts evaluated the four sports and developed exercises based on the attributes world-class competitors require, including balance, agility, strength and coordination. ACE then tailored the workouts to be accessible to fitness enthusiasts at any ability level. Each plan includes a warm-up, cool-down and four different exercise routines to be completed in a week, with rest days in between.

Men’s Health’s6 Pillars of Olympic Fitness” offers fitness tips from some of the best athletes in the world: Three-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, six-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, and making his first Olympic appearance, Trey Hardee. Their wisdom will help set your goals up for success, Olympic-style!

USA Swimming’s Training and Techniques Web page has great drills, tips and cross-training exercises from the experts to improve your performance in the water — whether it’s speed, strength or mental stamina.

GE announced the launch of a new Facebook app called HealthyShare, a new tool for people to share health goals; track progress against such goals as “Get moving,” “Eat healthier” or “Workout like an Olympian”; and use friends as sources of inspiration and motivation toward better health. Olympic hopefuls Kevin Durant and Alex Morgan, and Olympians Michael Johnson and Summer Sanders have provided their fitness routines to inspire others to reach higher, go further, run faster, dream bigger, do better and live longer.

“I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the people I respect challenging me to get to the top of my game,” said Kevin Durant, 2012 U.S. Olympic hopeful for men’s basketball, in a release. “All it takes is that first step, and pretty soon good fitness becomes a habit. I hope people will take my HealthyShare challenge and feel inspired to take that step.”

Crunch Fitness is offering its New York City members a Decathlon workout. Taught by instructor Vladmir Bermudez, these 10 killer cardio and strength drills were developed in a circuit format for a hardcore workout. According to Well + Good, the course puts you through the paces of an Olympic workout, from the pool to 100-meter dashes to using weighted bars to simulate javelin throws. Awesome!