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How to train like an Olympian: Natalie learns gold-medal moves

What does it take to be a winning Olympian? Among many factors, a need to be at the pinnacle of physical fitness, as TODAY’s Natalie Morales, who is already in awesome shape, found out recently.Natalie picked up a few training tips used by Winter Olympians from Jen Ator, fitness editor at Women’s Health magazine.First up, she tried out a mini-trampoline to mimic the work of freestyle skiiers.�

What does it take to be a winning Olympian? Among many factors, a need to be at the pinnacle of physical fitness, as TODAY’s Natalie Morales, who is already in awesome shape, found out recently.

Natalie picked up a few training tips used by Winter Olympians from Jen Ator, fitness editor at Women’s Health magazine.

First up, she tried out a mini-trampoline to mimic the work of freestyle skiiers. 

"All kinds of fearlessness," a breathless Natalie whispered, going higher with each jump.

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Before she could catch her breath, Natalie was quickly led into some strength training favored by members of the U.S. Women's Hockey team: squats and slides. Forward Hilary Knight apparently likes to warm up with goblet squats and 100-pound weights. (Ouch!)

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Slide boards came next, with Natalie declaring herself just "like a pro," before sliding right off the board.

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She then learned how to train for bobsledding, which requires exercises that can help develop fast and quick power.

"A lot of people don’t realize how explosive these athletes are. They’re pushing bobsleds that are hundreds and hundreds of pounds," Ator said, before leading Natalie into some prowler pushes.

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The training took a more graceful turn with a look at what it takes to become a figure skater, where movements are small but control is huge. Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski lent a hand in the lessons by showing Natalie a variation on pliés with leg lifts. 

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"Am I graceful yet?" Natalie asked afterward.

Last sport: Curling. The constant sweeping motions players make on the ice require amazing core and upper body endurance, so Ator took out the battle ropes and had Natalie swing them in a competition against Lipinski.

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Whew! Afterwards, Natalie declared herself ready for a drink. 

"A real drink. But I guess we got to do the healthy thing right?" she said, before cooling off with a glass of green goop. "That's good. Very leafy."

Check out her celebratory twirl below!

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