5 exercises to improve your skiing performance
So were at the time of year where a lot of us are thinking about a good old skiing holiday!
whether its your first time or 50th time, we could all benefit by doing a little bit of ski specific training before hitting the slopes.
Hear is an article I’ve put together to improve your general ski-ing fitness and get you racing down the slopes in extra quick time 🙂
The stork press develops your shoulders and arms as well as your balance–all important in skiing. Hold a dumbbell in your left hand at shoulder level. Stand on your right leg with your left leg of the ground. Keep your eyes fixed on an immovable object to help you maintain an upright position. Inhale and press the dumbbell overhead to arm’s length. Slowly lower the dumbbell back to shoulder level and continue for the desired number of repetitions. When you have finished your set, rest a moment and then swap arms and legs.
2. The Wall Slide
The classic wall sit is old-school ski fitness. Modern skiing is more dynamic, making the wall slide a more functional exercise. Stand with your back against the wall, and your feet separated at hip-width apart. Slide down until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Instead of holding the position, straighten your legs about 3 inches, and then bend them back to 90 degrees. Perform three sets of 20 repetitions. The exercise works the hamstrings and quadriceps, while training the small flexion and extension movements required for mogul skiing.
To strengthen your hamstrings and glutes while stretching your hips and quadriceps, lie on your back on an exercise mat. Position your feet so that they are flat on the floor and close to your butt. Place your hands next to your hips, palms facing up. Push through your heels and lift your hips as high as you can towards the ceiling. Hold this position for as long as possible. Alternatively, lift and lower your hips for a predetermined number of repetitions. If you find this exercise too easy, hold a weight across your hips or use one leg at a time while holding the other leg out straight.
To condition your legs for side to side movements, place a 12- to 18-inch hurdle on the floor. Stand sideways on the obstacle. Bend your knees slightly and swing your arms behind you. Simultaneously swing your arms forward and jump up and over the hurdle, landing lightly on the balls of your feet. Immediately spring back over the hurdle and continue jumping back and forth over the hurdle for the duration of your set.(if you haven’t gt a hurdle most small objects will do)
Lunges are similar to squats in that they strengthen your legs and prepare you for the rigors of skiing. Lunges, however, also add an element of balance, which is important in skiing. Take a large step forward and then bend your legs until your rear knee lightly touches the floor. Push back up to return to the starting position and repeat the movement leading with your opposite leg. You can make lunges more challenging by holding weights in your hands or resting a barbell across your shoulders
So there we have it!
5 exercises you can use today to improve your ski performance , 🙂