During the winter season, if you are looking for a new and exciting challenge to your fitness levels, you may want to consider ski fitness training. Skiing is a great workout that enhances your overall strength, endurance, power and speed. Ski fitness training provides rigorous cardiovascular, strength and power conditioning that will bring your physique to a new level.
Strength Improvement and Skiing
Preparing for skiing requires individuals to become functionally strong in many areas. Without a doubt, strength gains are made because this type of exercise requires all-out explosiveness in both upper-body and lower-body muscle groups. To begin training for skiing, Individuals should begin to focus on functional strength exercises such as unilateral seated rows with a neutral grip, full-depth back squats, front squats, leg presses, hamstring curls, chin ups, and power cleans.
These intense compound movements will provide immense shock to all the major muscle groups such as the back, lats, biceps, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and most importantly – the core! Skiing also improves your lactic acid threshold, which is necessary for seeing increased strength gains in the gym and a good change to one’s physique.
Increase in Endurance By Skiing
Skiing requires great levels of endurance. Because this activity requires movement in both the upper body and lower body for long amounts of time, you should see remarkable increases in your overall cardiovascular endurance. Skiing improves VO2max levels and a season of ski fitness training can easily translate into remarkable improvements in one’s ability to jog, run, or sprint for longer distances.
Because skiing is done in higher altitudes, this also trains the lungs to hold greater oxygen capacity, this allowing for improved respiration and endurance.
Improved Functional Mobility
Ski Fitness Training requires individuals to learn dynamic stretches and other mobility drills to improve flexibility in the legs, shoulders, arms, and back. Because skiing is a sport that requires a high degree of coordination and agility, increased flexibility will allow you to move freely on skiing trails and courses. Skiing also requires rapid recruitment and flexibility of core muscles groups such as the hip flexors, abdominal trunk, obliques, and lower back. Improved flexibility in this area will easily translate into having a rock solid physique even after skiing season is over.
If you are interested in preparing for the upcoming skiing season, there are a variety of sports and conditioning facilities, personal trainers and other fitness coaches that will provide the right training to prepare for this fun outdoor activity. Obviously it helps if you live in a place filled with ski resorts such as Colorado, Northern California, Wyoming and Utah. These places are filled with skiing fitness trainers and can provide the right instruction.
This article was provided by Ski expert Jonny Grant, who works at the indoor ski slope Chill Factore. Jonny has been a ski instructor for 3 years after developing a passion for skiing, and is now keen to share his experience to bring skiing to a new audience.