'From Her For Her' with Nadine Rieder
Nadine Rieder looks tanned and in great shape when we meet in her home village of Winkel in Allgäu, Germany. She only returned yesterday from a two-week training camp on the island of Majorca. There she spent some 60 hours on her bike, covering around 1500 km. 26-year-old Nadine Rieder is one of the fastest women on a mountain bike and counts four German championship titles among her many successes. The Allgäu-born athlete is aiming to qualify for the cross-country discipline at this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Only two German women can qualify for this event, so the competition is tough and the training intense. In addition to countless hours in the saddle, Nadine keeps fit by swimming, jogging, cross-country skiing and working out. Her workout can be performed almost anywhere – at training camp, during vacation, or in a hotel room when Nadine jets from race to race. The exercises don't require equipment or a personal trainer - just a yoga mat and comfortable clothing.
We joined the AMG Rotwild team member in the weight room at Oberstdorf, where we got her to show us five exercises any woman can do to keep fit. And because not all She’s Mercedes readers can boast Olympic form, the exercise intensity can be adapted to suit any level of fitness from beginner to advanced.
Exercise 1: Plank
Resting on your forearms and the tips of your toes, raise your body into a horizontal position. Make sure your body forms a straight line, and do not arch your lower back.
Hold this position: beginner 10 seconds / advanced 30 seconds
Exercise 2: Side plank
Lie on your side, resting on one of your forearms. Raise your hip from the floor so that the body forms a straight line. Reach your free arm through the gap between your body and the mat, then bring it back up into the air.
Beginner 15 repetitions / advanced 30 repetitions
Exercise 3: Rear leg raises
Kneel down on all fours with slightly bent arms. Raise one leg and bend it rearwards 90°. Then slowly push your leg upwards and lower it again.
Beginner 15 repetitions per side / advanced 30 repetitions per side
Exercise 4: Rowing
Sit resting on your coccyx and hold your legs bent in the air. Stretch out your arms to the front. Then extend your legs slightly and move your body back before returning to the starting position. The movement should be like rowing a boat.
Beginner 10 repetitions / advanced 20 repetitions