Updated: Sep 18, 2021
Whether you are new to skiing or a seasoned skier, it’s highly likely that you’ll need to improve your fitness, as you’ll be using lots of different muscles and usingthem more intensely for skiing.
You’re probably feeling excited, as the ski trip is booked, you’ve started buying skiing clothes, but have your thought about being fit enough to ski for six whole days, (and couple this with the après ski too)?
(Picture of one of our favourite runs in Austria)
Why bother, you may ask? Well, if you want to keep up with the rest of the group, have more fun and enjoy the après ski, without falling asleep at 8pm, you’re highly likely to need to improve your level of fitness.
Also, if you improve your fitness you are less likely to feel as tired; tiredness can increase the risk of you falling and injuring yourself. You’ll also ski faster if you are fitter. (I know this from personal experience!)
You’ll need strong legs and core muscles, and also work on your cardiovascular fitness too. Why not compete a six-week programme of ski specific strength training exercises to improve your fitness, alongside some cardiovascular training. (Cycling, jogging, running, swimming are all options.)
Here’s a test for you - try doing a ski squat, which is sitting against a wall with your thighs at a 90-degree angle to the wall and see how long you can last. By doing this regularly, you will build strength in your thigh muscles, which need to be strong for skiing. Can you last more than 60 seconds?
Get in touch and we can arrange to get you started on your ski fit training programme. Costs for a six-week bespoke programme are £240. You can train with me on a one-to-one basis or why not train with a ski buddy and you can share the costs.
If you want to train yourself at home, you can buy a copy of my ski fit exercises, which contains a programme of nine ski specific exercises to improve your fitness. The cost for this is only £20.
(Picture of happy skier Sally)
If you don’t currently do any cardiovascular training, I can highly recommend the Couch to 5K programme, which will get a non-runner, running 5 km in nine weeks. Here’s the link for further information