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Train Like An Elite Athlete in These 5 Fitness Classes


Right now, the very best, most elite athletes are competing at what is often heralded as the pinnacle of sports.  From a young age they put in hours upon hours of sweat equity to make it to the top of the podium during the games, each one vying for the gold. Want to train like these elites? These five classes will get you on the fast track to gold and is a summer games staple:

1. Judo

Judo originated in Japan as a fighting art derived from Jujitsu. It became part of the games in 1964. Today it is practiced by millions of people throughout the world as a means to excel in competition, keep in shape, develop self-confidence, and most of all for the fun of training. Judo is competed on a mat. Each participant wears a traditional GI. There are three types of scoring an athlete can achieve in a judo bout. Immediate victory is achieved by throwing an opponent in a manner that leads them to land on their back. Alternative methods of scoring include trapping an opponent in an armhold, or stranglehold, to the extent that it forces them to submit. Holding an opponent on the floor for at least 25 seconds also scores a point. Judo classes will teach the grappling skills, drills, sweeps, takedowns, and submissions, to become a Judoka.

2. Wrestling

Wrestling, a mix of primal hand-to-hand combat and complex tactics, is one of the oldest comptitions, dating to ancient times. There are two disciplines: freestyle and Greco-Roman. Two wrestlers grapple with each other in an attempt to position their opponent into point-scoring holds and throws. Forcing an opponent’s shoulders on to the mat earns a match-winning fall. Wrestling classes are designed to create the complete wrestler by teaching basic grappling movements, takedowns, and conditioning drills using the upper and lower body.  

3. Boxing

Boxing is another of the oldest and one of the most popular competitions since 1904. Likewise, boxing classes are extremely popular. These total body workouts are patterned after professional boxing training. Utilizing striking techniques combined with conditioning drills with jabs, hooks, crosses and upper cut punch combinations boxing classes torch fat and improve endurance.

4. Taekwondo

Taekwondo, which means “the way of kicking and punching,” is a traditional Korean martial art using the hands and feet to overcome an opponent. Taekwondo became an official medal sport in 2000. Taekwondo classes deliver discipline, structure, and total body conditioning using the traditional striking methods used in competition.

5. Cycling

There are many different styles of cycling contested every four years. This includes track cycling, BMX, road, and mountain biking. To prepare for these types of events a lot of time is spent on the seat of a bike. Fortunately, there are many different cycling classes to choose from to get you into the conditioning of a cycling athlete. Spinning class is the most popular and the most well known. It is a low-impact workout focused on cardiovascular endurance. Led by an instructor to the beat of blood-pumping music, the classes consist of different intervals that test your condition and help you shred pounds.

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