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Dominique Dawes Strength Training Workout

Try the "Awesome Dawesome" Workout

Three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes may be in retirement, but that doesn't mean she's stopped working out.

Sticking to the common strength training principal in gymnastics, the "Awesome Dawesome" still steers clears of weights. She challenges her strength with her own body weight. Using both basic and fancy calisthenic moves, she works her entire body with each exercise. If you're interested in borrowing a few moves from Dominique,


Here are the basic elements of her workout:

  • Jumping Rope is simple, inexpensive, and effective. It burns tons of calories and all the jumping will strengthen your bones.
  • Tricep Dips using a chair will force your core to work, making them more effective than a simple triceps kickback that only works the triceps.
  • Mountain Climbers are a whole body exercise that are guaranteed to increase your heart rate, too.
  • Squat Jumps are great for toning your legs and backside. Adding the jump to this strength training staple forces your core to become more involved, too.
  • Pistol Squats are not as ballistic as the jump squat, but require much more finesse. Here's how to perform one: Begin by doing a single leg squat all the way to the ground. When your bottom hits the floor, roll onto your back bringing your legs into the air. Then roll back up to standing, still just standing on one leg. (I am tired just writing about that one.)

I suggest channeling the Olympic spirit and trying out these moves during your next workout.


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AngelGrl135 AngelGrl135 8 years
people always called me Dawes when i was in elementary and middle school since i was a gymnast. i loved her!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Don't athletes and gymnasts HAVE to keep working out otherwise they'll have a heart attack? The body can't cope with a sudden STOP to their crazy workouts? I wish I were as flexible as she is... :/
annebreal annebreal 8 years
Dominique Dawes was one of my idols as a little kid taking gymnastics, still love her. :)
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I miss her!
lady_jade lady_jade 8 years
Me too alethia. and i looked so graceful when i tried the pistol squat just now. a vision of elegance and refinement. ;)
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
She has always been my favorite gymnast :)
tamararenee tamararenee 8 years
just the thought of the pistol squat makes me a little winded! the other exercises i do occasionally, maybe i should look into making them a regular part of my workout routine
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