by Thailan Pham
NBC/USOC As a forward on Team USA's women's ice hockey team (her teammate and captain is goalie Julie Chu), Hilary Knight is part of a tight-knit all-girls' club that's already started off its Olympic run kickin' butt and taking names. If any of you caught the first game this past weekend, you'll remember it was Knight who scored the team's first goal of the games in only fifty-three seconds. Right?! If that's doesn't earn some bragging rights, we don't know what does!
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For Knight, being "between the glass" is her safe place. "All my worries and problems are set aside, and I feel free," she says. "And the feeling you get when the wind breezes through your hair because you're fast -- it's irreplaceable.
At 5'10" she's got height on her side, but on the ice she needs to be fast, on-the-mark and strong as well. To keep her core rock-solid for such a physically demanding sport, she swears by roll-outs on the Swiss ball. The exercise, which she jokingly calls a "beach body exercise," is guaranteed to "keep those abs a steal!" Well, in honor of this year's Winter Olympics being held at a beautiful beach town, we're all about doing wintertime exercises with our bikinis in mind!
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THE MOVE: Swiss Ball Roll-Out
Start on your knees with the swiss ball against your body and elbows/ forearms resting on the top of the ball. While tightening your core, tuck in your belly button and keeping your posterior chain (rear-end) tight in line, roll the Swiss ball away from your body and then roll it back in. Repeat this exercise for 15 reps.