Story courtesy Ski Big 3
By: Jake Watson
Photo Credit: Reuben Krabbe
Whether you’re hitting cruisy groomer runs or extreme backcountry adventures, skiing and snowboarding demand considerable fitness, strength and stability from your legs and core.
But often our bodies don’t get the pre-season tune-up they need to ensure we’re prepared for snow season.
Having previously spent up to 260 days on the snow in a calendar year, Austin Miller, Banff Ski School Supervisor and Level 4 Ski Instructor, says those first few days back on the slopes can still be hard on his body.
“Being fit, strong and flexible are key elements to skiing well all season long. Skiing is so much fun and should be enjoyed, but being out of shape can quickly take the fun out of it,” Austin says.
“My advice is to get out there early and take it easy, find your ski legs and stretch – don’t let yourself get tight! Stretching is vital to enjoying the whole season. If you are feeling a little unprepared with your fitness level, work on your legs and core.”
Here are 5 leg-burning, core-working exercises to help you hit the slopes with ease!
Are you new to resistance exercises or have not exercised regularly for 6 weeks? Follow the Safe repetition options.
Or are you a more seasoned fitness fan who has exercised 2-3 times a week for at least 6 weeks? Try the Strong rep suggestions.
EXERCISE 1: Side Lunge
A variation on the traditional lunge, the side lunge provides a sport-specific movement to condition and strengthen the muscular structures across your knees and hips that are used to initiate and drive through turns.