Posted: October 13, 2010
Ski Fitness - something I always “mean” to do
Week 1: Some basic training exercises
Early September is when I start to think about the coming ski season. I set some goals, I envision myself riding my road bike well into November, with warm gear, gloves, and neoprene booty covers. And then, all of a sudden it’s mid-October, and I realize I have slacked off, and I don’t have all of the expensive equipment to keep me warm on late season rides – or the cash to pay a trainer to help me get my butt in shape. This is when I seek the help of my friend, bad-ass professional skier, cowgirl, and personal trainer Crystal Wright, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Crystal runs a 12-week ski fitness class that improves balance and agility, helps to prevent injuries, and builds the strength you need for non-stop powder runs.
Crystal’s blog outlines the class each week; for more detailed information on all of the exercises take a look at her training facility at Mountain Athlete. They offer full online 12-week ski fitness programs that can be purchased through the website and followed at any gym.
Of course, if you live in Jackson, you can also contract Crystal to kick your butt in personal training sessions, where you can expect to learn new and innovative techniques, to get in shape for all of your sports!
Below are some exercises from mountain athlete that can be done at home with basic equipment.
Man-Maker: Try this, adding some lunges in between sets with arms lifted overhead.
Leg-Blasters: So simple, but it works, targeting the muscle prone to muscle burn during the early season.
Step-up and Tuck-hold: Try this in sneakers, doing a two-legged jump up; trains for quick explosive movements with lots of power.
Here are the rest of these brutal exercises.
And if all else fails, you can always follow Bode Miller’s plan for world cup domination...