It may have been a while since the last time you could strap on your boots, grabbed some friends and headed to the slopes. That doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for next season! Whether you want to get yourself ready for the start of next season or just simply get into shape, an off season training program can do the trick. Before you start looking into those funky road skis and all the expensive equipment that seems to go along with skiing, STOP! All you need for an effective off season program is some weights and motivation. Here are some basic exercises to help you get started.
A great exercise for your quadriceps is a good old fashion squat. Since you usually don’t ski down the hill with dumbbells in your hands you can either do squats with weights or just use your own body weight. Remember to drive through your heels and squeeze your glutes as you come up. For an added challenge, try adding a jump when you come to the top of the squat.
Here is a link describing the proper form for a squat.
When exercising your hamstrings one good exercise to keep in mind is a deadlift. You will probably want to do deadlifts with some kind of weight, but it isn’t required. Remember to lift the weight with a straight back to avoid unnecessary injury and make sure to drive through your heels as you come up.
Here is a link describing the proper form for a deadlift.
Ski boots move you into a position that isn’t common for your day to day routine. They move into a position where your knees are fairly bent and your back is