With snow (hopefully) just around the corner, it’s time to start getting ready for ski season! It’s important to be serious about preparing our bodies for mountain fun. Pre-season training can give a skier an edge in both competition and injury prevention. Whether you’re an alpine skier running gates or a skate skier racing a 15K, there are a great deal of uncontrolled variables in winter sports. From powder to ice, groomed to off-piste, or even changing weather conditions; a lot of different things can happen when ski meets snow.
What pre-season training can be boiled down to is control. Preparing your body in a gym (or at home) where you can control the variables of: exercise selection, intensity/resistance, repetitions and recovery. Below are some examples of exercises that can help strengthen and prepare the muscles that are most needed for balance; a key component of attacking your favorite mountain activity.
I originally designed this workout for Nordic skiers (Skate & Classic), but can be very beneficial to alpine skiers as well. You should be able to perform these exercises at home if you don’t have access to a gym setting. My hope is that you have fun with this program, feel like you pushed yourself, and are prepared for a fun season on the snow!
Of course, if you are unfamiliar with these exercises or feel an discomfort when performing them, give us a call! We can do a physical assessment and create a custom plan to address any biomechanical issues we find.