Skiing can be exhilarating but exhausting, so that’s why we recommend preparing for the upcoming season by increasing your fitness in the next few months.
Being in shape is important not only to be able to push yourself on the slopes but also to prevent any injuries which might cut your holiday short. So, to ensure you have the best time possible, we have put together some pre-season fitness advice.
Squats and squat jumps – The muscles responsible for holding you in place while you ski and protecting your knees are your quadriceps; these muscles work incredibly hard while you ski, so we have a few exercises to help you strengthen them. To prevent knee injury, exercising your quadriceps in pre-season fitness is crucial.
To switch it up a bit, and to build that explosive quality in your muscles which is integral for sharp turns when skiing, try squat jumps; when you reach the bottom of your squat, jump upwards to release your position, making sure to land safely.
Plank – The plank is a fairly simple exercise, yet it can be testing for even the most seasoned gym goers; building your core muscles, planks will help to both protect your spine from injury, and also provide stability when turning or in difficult skiing conditions.
Lunges – As well as squats, lunges also work multiple muscles at once, and are great for improving your quadriceps and your balance (which will hopefully mean no spectacular wipeouts)!
Criss Cross (core) – This abs crunching and twisting exercise hits your muscles alongside some explosive cardio, training up your core whilst aiding general fitness and stamina.
Crab toe touches – Crab toe touches is a great cardio exercise, that helps you improve agility and develop core strength, both very important when skiing.
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