These Are the Arm and Leg Exercises Olympian Allyson Felix Does For Strength and Power
Allyson Felix hasn't made her fifth Olympic team yet, but there's a high possibility we'll see her sporting USA on her chest at the Tokyo Olympics. The track and field Olympic trials and Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Felix has adapted to the changes, staying focussed on her goal of making another team and adding more gold medals to her collection.
"I continued to train through the pandemic to try and stay 'on schedule' as much as I could given all the changes and lack of competition," Felix told POPSUGAR via email in an interview to discuss her partnership with Dr. Scholl's. She's been training since October, and her typical schedule consists of waking up at 7 a.m. for "me time"; breakfast and spending time with her daughter, Camryn, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; endurance training and interval training from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; lunch and resting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; strength training from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and doing recovery work from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Her current strength-training program consists of "a lot of weightlifting" with plyometric exercises (her favourite). A few of the exercises she does in her weightlifting sessions are weighted front squats, deadlifts, push to press, pull-ups, and high pulls. "This type of strength training really helps with muscle growth and helps me build on that explosive energy I need to get out of the blocks and accelerate while running," she explained.
If you want to become a better sprinter or you simply want to improve your strength and power and, as a result, your overall athletic performance, adding these types of exercises into your routine can help. We can't guarantee you'll end up with the strength, explosive power, or speed that Felix has, but we do know they'll help you get one step closer to performing at your best. Check out how to do some of Felix's go-to moves ahead.
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