From Boxer's Arms to Swimmers' Abs: Olympic-Inspired Workouts You Can Do at Home

Train in front of your TV (no equipment required) with these routines inspired by some of the top Olympians going for gold in London (31 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Jul 31, 2012 at 2:28PM

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From Boxer's Arms to Swimmers' Abs: Olympic-Inspired Workouts You Can Do at Home

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US Olympian: Natalie Coughlin

Event: Swimming, 100m backstroke & relays

Most Enviable Body Part: Abs

Not only is eleven-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin an amazing swimmer, she also has incredible abs! And it’s no surprise -- swimming is excellent exercise for developing strong and flat abs. Not only is it a total body exercise that engages multiple-muscle groups at once; it’s also a great calorie-burner.

The good news is you don’t have to get in the pool to build a stronger, flatter midsection. This workout routine focuses on core moves that emphasize the muscles in your abs, back, hips and legs to help you train like a swimmer -- without getting your hair wet.

The Gold Medal Swimmer’s Workout

How it works: Do three sets of each of these moves, taking a 30-60 second break in between each set (if needed). After completing three sets of the recommended reps, move on to the next exercise.

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