Dara Torres, Swimming
What exercise moves are essential for a champion swimmer? "Anything involving your core," according to 12-time Olympic medalist Dana Torres. "In swimming, there's a lot of rotation, so keeping my core strong is key."
Torres takes advantage of the TRX, which is a form of suspension training that uses "more of your bodyweight than actual weights." The Olympic veteran also uses a Swiss ball to work her core. "You can literally do hundreds of exercises with it," she tells us.
SUSAN FRANCIA, Rowing
“I would say that lunges are the most important for our sport,” Susan Francia says. “Lunges help with stabilization in the butt and core … so they are truly the perfect exercise." Stabilization isn't the only perk of her favorite exercise, as it "Makes for a nice butt, too!”
Francia also loves using her foam roller. “After hard workouts, it feels so great to stretch and then roll on the foam roller,” she says. “Our coach calls it the poor man's massage — it feels great on all parts of the body!”
By Kelsey Harkness