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Build quick, powerful legs

Olympic bobsleigher bronze medallist Sean Olsson tells you how to build explosive leg power

Sprint reps

60-metre sprints build your speed over a short distance. “Power is all about speed and strength,” explains Sean Olsson, bronze medallist at the 1998 Winter Olympics. “Doing 15 sets will build your legs and improve their turnover rate. Not being as fit as your crew makes you a weak link.”

Calf raises

Stand on a raised step with your heels off the edge, holding a weight equivalent to your own bodyweight. “Calf exercises are useful to prevent injury,” says Olsson. “Drop your heels off and pull yourself back up 20 times.”

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Pulling a heavy object

For leg speed and strength, dragging a big object like a lorry tyre – attached to a belt around your waist – will “add raw strength,” according to Olsson. “Throw some serious weights around in the gym to help.”

Short hurdles

Set the hurdles up a metre apart and at waist height, so it’s a high bounce. “Pounding through short hurdles should only be done once you’ve become very quick and powerful,” Olsson explains. “The trick is to shock your body and muscles, not allowing your system to relax or get comfortable, so it gets stronger each time.”



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