If you don’t think auto racing is a physically demanding sport, just ask any woman behind the wheel. NASCAR racing is a high-stakes job that requires strength, speed and precision. After all, they're hustling 3,400-pound machines around a racetrack for hundreds of miles.

To get there, women are not only logging hours in the car but also in the workout room.  What are the secrets to their success?

Let's ask 24-year old up-and-coming racer, Julia Landauer who started racing go-karts when she was 10 and cars when she was 13. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology, & Society, she moved to Charlotte, NC where she's pursuing a professional NASCAR racing career. 

Racing is extremely difficult and requires a lot of cardio and strength training so that you can maintain your posture in the car, have the strength to maneuver the car, and the endurance to go on for hours,” says Julia. “To achieve that, racers target three main muscle areas, including all the small stability muscles.

RUSSIAN TWISTS (CORE)

I love doing Russian Twists because not only do they work your obliques and abs, but they also build up back strength, balance, and quads. In a controlled manner, start on your butt at center, turn to your left, and then turn to your right. Start at 30 seconds. If you want an added challenge, hold a dumbbell or medicine ball in your hands for a Resisted Russian Twist.

SQUATS (LEGS)

Squats are great because they build up stability butt muscles, which help me stay strong and planted in the seat of the racecar. Begin standing with your feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed slightly outward. Slowly lower yourself down so that your knees get just past 90 degrees. Remember to pull your butt back when you’re at your lowest point. Slowly bring yourself back up. Start with 3 sets of 8 reps.


BODY BUILDERS (UPPER BODY AND CARDIO)

Body Builders are tough since they work your cardiovascular strength and your upper body. They are like burpees, with a pushup in each rep. Start standing and jump up, pointing your arms straight up. Land and immediately push your legs back into pushup position. Do a pushup. Bring your feet back in between your hands and push up into a jump. Start at 30 seconds. You can challenge yourself more by adding more time and/or by adding more pushups into each repetition.

Practice Julia's favorite exercises at home, then watch Julia in action as NASCAR racing season begins in Irwindale, CA on March 19th!

 

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