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Get fit for skiing

You’re feeling excited, as the ski trip is only weeks away. You’ve bough new ski wear too, but have your thought about being fit enough to ski for six whole days?

Whether you are new to skiing or a seasoned skier, it’s highly likely that you’ll need to improve your fitness, as your leg muscles will be challenged for skiing.

Why bother, you may ask? Well, if you want to keep up with the rest of the group, have more fun and enjoying the après ski, without falling asleep in your dinner at 8pm, you may need to improve your 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 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, along side a cardiovascular programme.

Get in touch and we can arrange to get you started on your ski fit training programme. Costs for a six-week programme are from £240. You can train with me on a one to one basis or why not train with a ski buddy.

If you want to train yourself, you can buy a copy of my ski fit exercises here, which contains a programme of nine ski specific exercises to improve your fitness. The cost for this is only £15.

One of my particular favourite ski fit exercises is the static ski (wall) squat, which is sitting against a wall with your thighs at a 90-degree angle to the wall and see how long you can hold this position. Work up to a minute or so and by doing this regularly, you will build strength in your thigh muscles, which need to be strong for skiing.

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

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