My 6 Principles of Effective Ski Training
-Make the most of your skiing with these 6 simple tips to effective ski training
The advantages of being fit for your ski vacation are numerous. You will:
- Be able to stay out skiing all day without getting too tired
- Avoid wasting time with soreness
- Avoid losing control of your skis as you do when you are tired and sore
- Reduce the risk of injury
- Reduce the aches and pains that are due to poor knee, hip and spine stability
- Avoid being the one that everyone has to wait for
- Appreciate your ski vacation to the fullest
If you do other sports, that’s great! But it doesn’t automatically make you fit for your ski vacations. In order to be fit for skiing, there are certain elements that you should include in your training. Here are 6 tips to making proper effective ski training:
1) Work in skiing positions when possible (standing up)
Try to incorporate single leg exercises like lateral lunge variations and different step ups.
2) Emphasize good skiing habits during exercise
Look ahead, keep chest up, hips square and feet parallel.
3) Work up-and-down, side-to-side and back-and-forth and with rotational movements – just as when you are skiing
Skiing is 3-dimensional. You need strength and stability in all planes.
4) Work around hips, knees and involve the core muscles
Go for multi-joint exercises as opposed to working one isolated joint at a time. This teaches the muscles to work as a team to protect your joints on your ski vacation.
5) Work strength and balance together for better skiing
Work towards integrating an element of balance in your strength training. This can be done with single leg exercises, wobbly surfaces and swissballs for the more advanced.
6) Be consistent and train regularly
Even if you don’t have loads of time for this, make sure you do a minimum each week for AT LEAST a month before your ski vacation. Consistency in training is way more efficient than working out really hard every now and then and otherwise doing nothing in between.
Check out the simplest way to ensure effective ski training in as little as 2 weekly ½-hour workout sessions here!