All skiing lovers surely can’t wait for the skiing season to begin. Preparing for a ski trip should not be limited only to buying your ski equipment and booking your stay. An injury or sore muscles may ruin your winter vacation and spoil your pleasure. We have to remember that skiing and snowboarding seriously strains your body – your muscles have to be tense when you maintain the proper posture and when you zigzag down a bumpy slope.
Also, you have to keep your balance, be dynamic and flexible. In order to do that you need strong legs, but also powerful abdomen and back muscles, and even a strong shoulder girdle. A bespoke pre-ski training programme will prepare your body to tackle this effort and will help you with those attributes which come in handy on the ski slope. Thus, you won’t lose control over the skis and you will have plenty of energy throughout the day.
Even if you are active on a daily basis, it is worth modifying your training regime before the skiing season by adding some exercises aimed at improving your stamina and coordination. Depending on your shape, such training sessions should be started at least one month ahead the planned trip, with the exercise intensity increased every week.
Comprehensive training for skiers
Pre-ski training cannot be limited only to strengthening leg muscles. A training programme should be comprehensive and should include also resistance, coordination, balance and stretching elements.
While skiing, your whole torso, abdomen, and calves are at work – with these body parts strengthened you will have the proper dynamism and coordination to adjust your posture to the current situation on the slope, and you will be more in control of your equipment. Training for skiers won’t be complete without aerobic exercises which oxygenate your body, thus ensuring effective blood circulation and respiratory functions. These systems are of key importance for your effective ride throughout the entire day of skiing fun. Balance exercises are equally important, and they are usually combined with strengthening exercises, while the session ends with the stretching part. Stretching is essential because it improves muscle flexibility as well as joint and ligament mobility, and also it protects you from injuries. It is critical for your preparation for the season, but it should be also done at the slope, along with the warm-up.
A training programme for skiers includes also arm exercises – your arms will be responsible for shock absorption if you happen to fall. Simple exercises with the use of dumb-bells will strengthen your wrists and shoulder girdle – the key elements you want to be strong in case you collapse.