By, Samantha Chin and Mikayla Chen
After watching incredible athletes our own age bring home gold for the U.S. at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, we were inspired to test out another celebrity workout for The Panel. This time, we tried the legendary Mikaela Shiffrin’s leg workout. The sensational skier is currently the reigning slalom world champion and has won four world cups. In 2014, when she was 18 (!), Mikaela won gold in the slalom event, and in 2016, she won gold again for the Giant slalom event. During this Olympics, she took home the gold for the giant slalom and silver for the super combined event.
We did Mikaela’s leg workout in the LOC workout room for about 20 minutes. We started off the workout with 2 sets of 30 seconds per side of the isometric band clamshell, in which we wrapped our legs with a band and held them stretched apart as far as possible. This exercise reminded us of something that you would do in physical therapy to increase hip mobility. Overall, it seemed like a warm-up for what was to come. We then held 25 lb weights while stepping up onto blocks for a step-up jump exercise. While this exercise initially felt like a breeze, we were exhausted by the fourth and final round of alternating 6 step-ups per leg. After this exercise, we did 3 sets of 8 reps per side of barbell lateral lunges. To test if this workout would be effective without a barbell, Sam did not use a barbell, whereas Mikayla used a 65 lb one. Mikayla placed the barbell on her shoulders as if she was going to do a back squat. Samantha found it a lot easier than Mikayla did as she did not use a barbell. Mikayla, however, found it increasingly difficult as the reps continued.While it did get tiring, it still felt like an adductor stretch. Next, we did the glute ham raise, which we thought was the hardest exercise. In our opinion, this was the hardest exercise. For starters, we used a machine that was similar to but not the same as the glute ham machine that Mikaela used. Additionally, our backs began aching after only a couple reps, so we decided to alternate our 3 sets of 12 reps, so we could catch a break. Finally, we finished the workout with 4 sets of 6 reps of single-leg romanian deadlifts with a quarter squat. For this exercise, we leaned forward on one foot with weights in both hands. We then did a quarter squat in our balanced position. This exercise was a great way to finish the workout. We both felt it in the ~booty~, and it really challenged our balance.
It’s clear that strong legs are a necessity for any olympic skier (especially the reigning slalom world champion), and this workout helps to target that area. While it was definitely more challenging than Karlie’s workout (which we did last issue), we still made it out alive. However, if you wanted to increase the difficulty of this workout, you could add more weights. Although this workout did not make us olympic skiers (or turn Mikayla Chen into Mikaela Shiffrin), if you ever need a good leg regime, we recommend this one. If you’d like to check out this workout, you can find it at https://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/mikaela-shiffrin-workout.
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