We don’t all have the time and dedication to be a professional skier. If you’re like most skiers, you can’t wait for a weekend getaway to the hill. Until that time, you’re stuck at home or work, waiting for your moment on the slopes. However, just because you’re not on the hill doesn’t mean you can’t work on your skiing form and balance. Today, we’re going to teach you a few of the best ski exercises that anybody can do at home.
Skiing uses a lot of the same muscles as an average cardio workout. To prepare your body for a weekend at the hill, perform basic cardio workouts on a treadmill, elliptical, or stairmaster machine. These workouts should vary in intensity. For skiing, often the best type of workout is a long, low-intensity session on a cardio machine, although it doesn’t hurt to mix it up with a few high-intensity bursts of speed. Together, these exercises build your endurance and improve your leg strength, both of which are important parts of being a good skier.
Skiing uses a lot of muscles, and virtually every strength training workout will positively impact your skiing performance in some way or another. Focus particularly on workouts that improve your quadriceps, calves, and hamstrings. In fact, basically any leg workout will help you ski better. Try doing one legged squats and lunges at home. Or, use a leg extension machine at the gym to improve your quads.
It’s also important to focus on your core strength. Since you’re bent over a lot while skiing, it can put quite a bit of stress on your abs and your back. As your core gets stronger, you’ll notice that skiing becomes progressively easier.
Finally, you should also try to work your biceps and triceps, each of which is important while working your ski poles. This is particularly important for cross country skiers, or for anybody who has trouble pushing themselves across the ground on their way to the chairlift.
Before hitting the slopes, focus on working out all of these muscles. In addition to improving your form and balance while skiing, these exercises will also reduce your chance of injury. Proper ski stretches and training will prepare you for success on the slopes. Spending a week at the gym before a skiing vacation can go a long ways towards making your trip as enjoyable as possible.
Pre ski exercises with equipment
Many ski training companies make equipment that will help you master your form and balance on the hill. Some of these devices can be used at home, while others are attached to your skis and boots once you’re on the hill. Sweetspot trainers, which attach to the underside of your ski boot and can be used away from the hill, are particularly useful. They force your body to balance itself while helping you become familiar with your ski boots.