If you watch curling at the elite level today, it is not uncommon that you see double runbacks and peels as a staple to most teams. But how do they generate that big weight successfully and consistently you may ask? Power and control, thats how. Being a female who is only 5'3 and around 118 pounds, it can take a lot of strength to generate enough power in my delivery to make those big weight shots. So where does that power come from? Let's find out:
It's all in the legs! (Ok, there's more to it than simply legs, but it's a start!) This is obviously the biggest source of power, as the legs consist of the biggest muscles in the body. Having powerful leg strength is important not only in curling, but in many other sports as well. Powerful legs drive the swing in golf, baseball, football, tennis and many others. Here are my top 4 workouts for strong powerful legs! (In no particular order)
This is definitely one of my favourite lifts to preform.
3. Single Leg Bench Lunges
This exercise will target mainly the glutes and quads.
2. Hip Thrusts
Glutes, glutes, glutes!
Squats are a staple in any leg strengthening program. For curlers, these are a must because it will work on hip flexibility as well as explosive hip power.
Of course there are endless exercises that target the muscles used in curling. Stay tuned for more workouts geared towards our amazing sport!