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8 Favorite Workouts Of The World’s Strongest Women

Whether an athlete competes in wrestling, equestrian or rhythmic gymnastics, she has to have an incredible level of skill to compete at an international level. On top of that talent, no matter what her event, she must also be off-the-charts, insane, are-those-muscles-even-real fit. That’s why we picked the brains of eight Olympics-bound women across the same number of sports to find their favorite exercises.

Warning: We’re talking to some gold medalists here, so many of these are tough. On the plus side, they’ll get you in incredible shape and build strength to help you increase the speed and power of your runs. Bonus—all moves can be executed in the comfort of your living room…perhaps while you’re watching the games!

Exercise photography by Oliver Baker
*Melinda Winthrop competed in the pole vault at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials but did not advance to the Olympics.

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Jessica Sebor

Jessie Sebor is the Vice President of Women's Running at Competitor Group. After finishing her first marathon at age 18, Jessie has run everywhere from Singapore to Prague and competed in hundreds of races including the Boston Marathon and the Bare Dare, for which she won the title of National Nude Running Champion. Jessie’s work appears at, Ultrarunning Magazine and has been selected for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. A former romance novel editor, it’s at Women’s Running where her true passions lie. You can reach her at