This Olympian's 2 Favorite Leg Exercises Will Work Your Booty and Core, Too
Like all athletes on the pro level, Rio Olympian Colleen Quigley trains a lot. Before the indoor season ended, the Bowerman Track Club runner and 2020 hopeful became USATF Indoor Mile Champion; it was her first national title. Now, she's in Portland, OR, with her teammates doing weekly two-a-day track workouts, longer runs, and weightlifting sessions, she told POPSUGAR. Strength training in particular is important to help prevent injury and improve a runner's speed, form, and overall efficiency. We already reviewed one of Colleen's quick core workouts (spoiler alert: it was no joke); here's what she had to say about exercises to keep your legs (and glutes!) powerful.
Colleen shared with us her top two leg exercises: clock lunges and deadlifts. Clock lunges are four-way lunges: front, side, back, and curtsy. "It's great because all of those different angles work the muscles in slightly different ways," she said. Colleen uses a medicine ball and includes knee drives in between each lunge for added intensity. As for deadlifts, she uses a barbell. Ahead, check these moves out for yourself and add them to your next circuit on leg day, everything day, or whatever day you choose.