In this section, letís take a look at
the different exercises and activities that you can do to prepare your
body for some Skiing action Beyond just building the necessary
strength and endurance to be able to attack the mountain like you own
it, we also knew that it was essential to make sure the programs were
balanced for proper development of opposing muscle groups and joint
health in your knees and hips.
After all, what good are strong legs if you end up throwing out a knee
or tearing your ACL and ruining your entire ski season!
Therefore, we put careful consideration when developing the routines
into making sure we were building functional leg and joint strength
that was balanced giving you injury-resistant joints.
The Verdict Was In The Programs We Developed
Made Our Legs
Unstoppable in Tearing Up the Slopes! Well, I gave the programs to
half of the guys from our previous trip where everyone suffered from
the "weak legs", and told everyone to follow them religiously until
our next ski trip planned for the following month.
That gave everyone about 3 1/2 weeks to follow the routines about 3-4
days/week, and see how they could improve their legs for the next ski
trip. Everyone said that they thought the routines were really intense
and their legs were feeling stronger than ever. They really liked the
unique exercises and particularly that no machines were
necessary. However, nobody knew if this would translate into being able
to dominate the slopes all day long, or if we'd still get the shaky
fatigued legs half way through our day of skiing.
This is the ability to move joints and use muscles through their full
range of motion. This should be performed before and after each
workout. By performing a simple motion and observing how far you can
go, you can assess the flexibility of each part of your body. The
sit-and-reach test is a good measure of flexibility of the Lower Back
and Backs of the Upper Legs.
Trying to balance standing on one leg can be a challenge, however if
you want to improve balance and coordination try standing on
semi-circle foam tubes (available at most physical therapy practices)
and doing one-legged dips. For timing and a good
try jumping rope. Bongo boards are fun and are used by many national
ski teams for coordination drills, Excellent cross training can be
done through inline skating, tumbling classes, trail running, rock
climbing, and trampoline training.
After reading your Avalanche ski training
program, I truly had one of my best ski seasons yet.
I applied all of your strength and conditioning techniques I read in
your book, and my legs and lower back feel stronger than ever. I'm
skiing more aggressively now and don't have to rest as long anymore.
Now I can ski the steeps, moguls, powder, and endless vertical without
Thanks for a great program, flexibility, strength, and endurance are
the elements to Ski Fitness. It is important to be physically ready
before engaging in any sport. Learn and understand the importance of
these components and how they can aid you in Skiing.