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Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn's 6 Fitness Essentials

Lindsey loves squats in all forms, like this one-legged squat she's demonstrating here. (Photo by Jonathan Skow)

World class skiier Lindsey Vonn is riding high after her giant slalom win in Austria last weekend, where she completed her career-long quest to win all five Alpine ski events (slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and super combined). She is only the second American, after Bode Miller, to accomplish such a feat! Fresh off her victory, Vonn set aside time to fill us in on what's new in her world since she graced the cover of FITNESS in February, and share six fitness tools and tips she can't live without.

  1. Motivation trick: "I'm generally very motivated, but I do have days when I struggle to get out of bed," Vonn admits. One thought that's sure to get her moving? "I consider what my competitors are doing!" You can use a similar tactic by signing up for a local road race or team sport and using your fellow runners or opposing team members to give you an incentive to get up and go.
  2. Top equipment investment: "The TRX Suspension system is great because you can use it for core, lower body, upper body and balance," Vonn says. "Plus it's perfect for travel."
  3. Must-do move: Vonn swears by squats, not only because they strengthen her legs for skiing, but also because they offer a do-anywhere workout that only requires your body weight. "I do two minutes straight of squats, rest for a few minutes and repeat that once or twice more. It really gets my legs burning," Vonn explains.
  4. Trusty top: "I live in Under Armour ColdGear in the winter, especially the Fitted Mock turtleneck," Vonn says.
  5. Long-term goal: When we asked her if we could look forward to seeing her at the next winter Olympic games in 2014, Vonn simply said, "definitely."
  6. Pep-up playlist: These songs are currently on repeat on Vonn's iPod during training:
    • "Headlines," Drake
    • "We Found Love," Rihanna, featuring Calvin Harris
    • "Drop the World," Lil Wayne
    • "Beautiful People," Chris Brown, featuring Benny Benassi

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