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The weather has changed and winter is fast approaching!

Are you ready to rip?

I've always noticed that the first few days of skiing really kill my legs! Why is that? I have trained most my life for this and it still hurts!

What gives?

Simple, skiing uses muscles and movements that are pretty hard to train without actually skiing. There is hope though...try to incorporate skiing/snowboarding specific moves into your workout routine and it will minimize that initial burnout. You'll be feeling prepared and strong for the first turns of the season.

Over the next few weeks, I will give you some quick training tips that you can add to your normal workout routine. If you're not already doing some training exercises, try implementing the following challenges into your week. You will notice the difference come winter and your friends will be begging for your secret.

 

1.) Wall Squat

Start with your back to the wall and your feet at least a foot away. Slowly lower yourself into a squat and lift back up. Repeat this 60 times. Use the wall as your guide. You can break this up into 3 sets of 20 if need be. Eventually work into 60 consecutive squats. 

 

2.) Wall Squat Hold

Starting in the same position as above, lower yourself into a static squat. You're going to sit here and hold.  Make sure that your feet are far enough in front of you to allow proper depth. Upper leg should be 90 degrees from shin.

Hold as long as you can!

This is going to be our initial test. You are going to record your time now and again before the season starts. You'll notice the improvement!

 

3.) Lateral jumps

Find a crack in the sidewalk, or put some tape on a floor. You are going to jump laterally over this marker.

Shoot for 30 seconds of quick movements. Repeat 4 times

 

Good Luck!

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Comment by Paula McNabb on October 13, 2011 at 8:14am

Thanks Caroline!   I was thinking of going and buying a ski magazine to look for exercises that would get us ready.  Any others we should do? 

 

Comment by Rachel McCurtain on October 11, 2011 at 5:03pm
I am so going to start this tomorrow.  Printed it out and everything.  Can't wait for the next one.  Thanks!!!!

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