Effective ski training

6 principles to follow

-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)
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. When appropriate keep your hands in front of you. You might as well get used to these little things while off the snow as they will help you tremendously when skiing.

3) Work up-and-down, side-to-side and back-and-forth and with rotational movements
Skiing is 3-dimensional and there are a lot of rotational forces. You need strength and stability in all planes.

4) Work around hips, knees and involve the core muscles
Opt 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 fitness balls 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. Even the best exercises don’t beat consistency if only done sporadically.

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done-for-you ski exercise programs

that will help you get fit for skiing in as little as 2 x 30 minutes a week.

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