Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ski Prep

I know that some of you have a ski trip planned over spring break.  I am sure that you are also aware that skiing requires a lot of endurance and strength.  Endurance is needed for the sheer work of skiing.  Workouts on the elliptical or running on the treadmill are going to pay off when you are on the slopes. There will be less gasping for breath and more fun. If you plan to ski for say an hour, you need to build an hour of stamina. Strength training is going to pay off as well.  You know that squats and lunges are going to train all major muscles in the thigh.  Wall slides are a great way to add leg strength if you know how to do them.  Remember too that adductors, inner thigh muscles, need attention as well.  Think about all the times on skies you need to keep the skies close together.  Adductors will be working! Side lunges are a good thing to add to your routine and even side lunges with gliders.  Inner thigh lifts and/or using the adduction machine at the gym is also a good choice.  The goal is to arrive prepared so that you are in shape to enjoy your vacation. There is more to it, but this is a good place to start.