Newbie Skiing Workout Question

Newbie Skiing Workout Question

Post by Simeon Schwar » Thu, 26 Oct 1995 04:00:00


I did have one lesson last season and could barely walk for a couple of
days  
afterwards.
Geoffrey Glave asked:

Quote:
>Can anyone out there recommend some excercises I can do to make >this a
little  
>less of a painful experience this season?  And strengthen the >necessary  
>muscles?

I personally recomend being in good cardiovascular shape by running.
Specifically for your legs, tuck jumps and wall sits are helpful for the
quads.  Arguments exists pro and con rollerblading as proper training, so I
hope not to get flamed for suggesting it.  Although at this stage in
learning, you may not realize or feel the importance, helpful muscles to
train for skiing are also your abs (to hold you together while skiing as a
center) and arms (do pushups)...

or, ignore me completely

faye
--
Math Geek "expanding exponentially like some recursive virus"

 
 
 

Newbie Skiing Workout Question

Post by Lance Boy » Sat, 28 Oct 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>One of the skiing magazines has a workout plan every year.  Remember one
>of the most important things is to S-T-R-E-A-T-C-H out before skiing.  You
>may be sore, but everything will still work.  Personally I like pain, so I
>just do aerobic exercises before the season starts.  Good Luck and have
>lots of fun.

         I recomend squats. If they are done properly they are the most
effective exercise to prepare you. Also try sleds. Low weights, high reps at
first. Don't neglect your upperbody. Upperbody strength will give you more
stability on the skihill.
        If you have access to a ***oline, I highly recomend one. I have bad
knees and its how I work out in the offseason. Its a good aerobic workout and
builds up your thighs at the same time. Service Merchandise sells a
good one for about $250.00.
        Most begining skiers experience pain from improper skiing technique.
Alot will feel lower backpain from being hunched over all day. If you are
relaxed and balanced, you won't experience as  much pain. A lesson might help
smooth over some of the rough points.
        --- Good luck, happy trails.

 
 
 

Newbie Skiing Workout Question

Post by Mark Powe » Sun, 29 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hi all.

>I am planning on taking the plunge this winter and learning to ski.

>I did have one lesson last season and could barely walk for a couple of days
>afterwards.

>Can anyone out there recommend some excercises I can do to make this a little
>less of a painful experience this season?  And strengthen the necessary
>muscles?  Or is there a web page out there with some information?  Or a back
>issue of a ski mag I could get at the library with any info?

>Thanks in advance!



Geoffrey,

First let me start by saying that I am not a fitness professional
and can only offer you advice based upon my experience, and with
no knowledge of your age, physique, or physical well being.
These are all factors that should be considered before undertaking
strenuous physical exercise.

I teach many beginners every winter, and find that although everyone
is unique and can develop individual aches depending on their muscle
tone or how they are standing on their skis, common areas for soreness
are the thighs, arms, and lats (back under the armpits).

Skiing at beginner level, is a sport of high repetition,
and low (depending on your body weight) muscular loading. Therefore
you will better condition and prepare yourself for your winter exploits by adopting a workout that puts your body under similar stresses.
I would recommend a good all round routine with weights that focuses
on light weight and medium to high reps. This should awaken your
muscles and prevent too much of a shock the day after you take to
the slopes. To be effective you should commence working out at least
one month prior to getting on snow.

Your, arm and back muscles can get sore from the action of pushing
around with the poles, so use exercises such as bicep curls, tricep press downs, and lat pull downs to condition these areas. Alternatively
if weights are not available press ups, and chin ups (with both narrow
grip palms facing you, and wide grip palms facing away) will target
these areas.

For the thighs riding a bike or exercycle is as good as anything. Try
to ride for long enough with sufficient resistance that you can feel
your thighs work.

Once on snow, pay attention to your stance. Many of the aches are
a result of extra effort needed because of a poor stance.
So try to stand on the center of your skis with your ankles
bent and your shins touching the front of the boots.
This centered stance will allow you to move around with less effort,
thereby sparing the arm and back muscles a little, and will also
allow you to "stack your bones", (use your skeletal frame for support)
which will lesson the load placed upon the thigh muscles.
Conversely if you sit back and bend your knees too much,
you will involve your quads to a degree that the next day you will
feel like Arnold Schwarzenegger after a heavy squat session.

Good luck and have fun.

Mark

 
 
 

Newbie Skiing Workout Question

Post by Scott Dickinso » Sun, 29 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Ride a bike or an exercise bike and work
on those quads. The same burn on the bike
will reduce the burn on skis. Squats are
another good one, but bike riding will help
with the balance and other minor muscles
in your legs.

Burn those quads to build them up... I
think there is a FAQ on this in the rec.skiing
posts.

Scott
I ski, I be.

 
 
 

Newbie Skiing Workout Question

Post by Scott Dickinso » Sun, 29 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Sorry, look in rec.skiing.announce for the ski FAQ's.

Scott
I ski&be