Jump-Start a Workout

Sprinter Allyson Felix shares one of her favorite exercises


Allyson Felix doesn’t just have a winning smile. The 26-year-old sprinter also boasts a winning record — one she hopes to expand at the 2012 Olympics, where she’s favored to get the gold in the 200 meters on Aug. 8. (She already has two silvers in her signature event.)

We caught up with her when she zipped into town in May for the annual meeting of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

It wasn’t the best timing for Felix, who’d come directly from a triumphant performance at the Penn Relays, and had the Olympic Trials on the horizon. “We’re really in the thick of things,” she said. But during her visit to D.C., she somehow managed to fulfill her duties and still get over to Georgetown with her coach to squeeze in her daily four-hour training regimen.

That routine involves a lot of work at the track, along with serious conditioning in the weight room. One of her favorite exercises to pick up her pace: box blasts.

Start with a foot on top of a box, then use that foot to step up and hop while driving your opposite knee into the air. “You can make it more difficult with a weight vest,” Felix added. Or a gold medal.

And She’s Off…

Watch Allyson Felix run her first race of the Olympics, the preliminary round for the 100 meter, on Friday. She ended up in the event after finishing in a dead heat for third place with training partner Jeneba Tarmoh at the Olympic Trials. Tarmoh stepped aside to let Felix take the slot.

Vicky Hallett is a MisFits columnist and the Fit editor for Express.
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