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Pre northern hemisphere season fitness

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Biggy, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Biggy

    Biggy First Runs

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    ok so other than the obvious answer "ski all this season"
    im in search for a suitable routine to get myself and legs in shape before a three month trip to the us where constant skiing and hiking will be the norm

    HELP
     
  2. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    MTB would have to be one of the best, very low impact unless you fall, great for the drivers (quads). If you have some good tracks it can be great fun not just boring training.

    Also get as much practice drinking beer here at altitude.(maybe not so good for the core strength though)
     
  3. Tropical

    Tropical One of Us

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    My roomate at uni is an exercise scientist and has designed an overall fitness program for me with a focus on core strength for skiing.

    It basically goes

    Cardio (run/bike/row)
    Strength:
    Basic upper body (bench press, compound row, chin-ups
    Lower body: Squats, single leg squats
    Conditioning:
    Depth Jumps, Squat jumps, 8 point squats (single leg).
    Core:
    Any core exercises you can come up with: I do various sit up type exerises on my back and sides and also use other tool such as big exersise ball and medicine ball sit ups.

    Finally dynamic stretching.

    In the past 4 months my fitness has improved out of sight with a routine that I tinker with a bit but always follows the order of

    Cardio, Strength (weights), Conditioning (burst power exercises), Core, Stretching.

    Although leg strength is important, the most important in my opinion is core strength. Do lots of sight ups, crunches, side push ups etc. and you cant go wrong.

    I've lost 10kgs and am stronger and more flexible than ever, bring on season 08-09 Utah [​IMG]
     
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  4. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Now work on your balance & reflexes.

    Balance boards, balance boards with eyes closed, standing on swiss balls etc. Just as important.
     
  5. NoOne

    NoOne First Runs

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    This might help. Clicky

    Good Luck! [​IMG]
     
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  6. Graeme

    Graeme First Runs Endless Winter

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    um...maybe go skiing in our winter
     
  7. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wot ya doon is great.

    Power walk up lots of steep hills and do pilates sessions the days between gym session days ... and wot CM said.

    Substitute swimming instead of bulk muscle gym sessions and introduce running sessions in thigh deep water

    Core is very good but you can also start working all the little muscles in the lower leg and foot\calf\shin zone.

    Oh yeh and skipping, switch foot, changing feet, double on one foot etc. Cardio, balance and lean muscle building.

    Remember ... the turn starts from the feet and builds and the dynamic power\strength that you create with muscle should only be required when the subtle precise and clinically deliberate moves get out of shape.
     
  8. cleeshoy

    cleeshoy One of Us

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    Very impressive! I would also assume your diet is healthy also? Whilst exercise is important, so is diet :)
     
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