/ Ski Fitness Training
Does anyone know any good ski fitness training exercises,for example leg muscle exercises? Any suggestions would be great.
Ride a bike, up hills, lots. You'll then be able to ski all day without tiring.
This really helped my snowboarding this year, and made a big noticeable difrence.
Calf lifts (with a step), squats and lunges with free weights.
Also doing core exercises will help with your stamina on the hill.
Wish I took my own advice!
If you're already hill-fit, you don't need any training exercises for skiing. Overall a day skiing, i.e. downhill skiing at a resort, is much easier than a day walking or cycling.
The only respect in which downhill skiing is more tiring than these other activities, I find, is the brain activity! When you're skiing as fast as you can down good pistes for 8 hours, your brain is making a LOT of very quick decisions and issuing a LOT of instructions. After a day's skiing I feel like I've driven 300 miles. I fall asleep very quickly, because I'm mentally tired.
Does the apres ski beer have an effect on the sleeping Tim ;)
In Dundee we don't talk about apre's-ski, we talk about avant bie're :-)
it works! it not for the meak
Take up road cycling.
In fact, buy the lovely 55 cm aluminium and carbon road bike in new condition that I'm selling for £680.
@matt - just did a quick google regarding your suggestion, seems like a positive. thanks!
Also, hip abductors are apparently real important (glutus medius i think). lay on your side and lift the leg straight up to ceiling, repeat until you get a crazy pump and burning muscle in your hip!
Put together your own circuits and build up to 60secs per exercise for like 8 stations of different things, quads, core, hammies, calfs.
An easy one to do is the chair position against the wall
ie. sit against a vertical wall with no chair with your lower legs vertical and upper legs horizontal
Feels easy at first - stay for as long as possible
A book can help ignore the pain
I was waiting for someone to suggest the horrible chair (less) endurance exercise. All this does is compound the myth that developing endurance in the thighs is good and at the same time encouraging bad technique.
What you need is to develop the wee (propreceptor) muscles - thus a wobble board will get you far. That and a regular regime of Pilates - after all Josef Pilates was a skier.
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