Are you eagerly anticipating ski season, but worried about the aches and pains that come along with carving the slopes?  Learn how to unleash your peak performance with some of the best of functional ski exercises with this shape up for ski season special.

Make The Most of This Ski Season

Odds are if you’re living in the Northwest, skiing has either crossed your mind or is a part of your life.  Growing up in Spokane has been a true privilege when it comes to this winter past time.  With easily accessible ski resorts and annual dumps of fresh powder, why shouldn’t you take advantage of this winter sport?  In all honesty, if there is an interest to ski this year, go for it!  However, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Whether you’re beginner, or advanced skier try functional ski exercises to have a successful season and avoid the unruly soreness of the initial first trip.

Over the years we have worked with numerous skiers on pre-season ski training.  Whether working with Spokane fitness goals, or skiers abroad, the foundational exercises for skiing are the same and can be broken down into a few major categories.  Those are strength/core strength, flexibility, balance, agility and conditioning.  Master some basic functional movements from each category and ski season will be cool, arctic breeze.

Step One: Get Moving

Whether you’re just starting a fitness program, or already a fit pro, get moving.  Start with walking, then jogging and ultimately running with sprint intervals.  This will improve your cardiovascular system and improve overall stamina.  For some alternative conditioning exercises, try our Fat Burning Cardio Methods.  These are great for conditioning and agility.

Step Two: Turn on The Power

Skiing requires a general base of power and strength.  The best way to enhance one’s ski strength potential is to start with the basics.  That is squats or jump squats, push-ups and pull-ups.  Additionally, one’s lower body needs some extra attention, and that is why the following Resisted Side Walks, and Monster Walks are a great addition to any avid skiers cross-training routine.


Don’t forget your Monster Walks…

Additional lower body exercises can be seen every Monday of our Workout Anywhere of The Day, daily training lesson. That’s right, we have an app for that. Check it out here…

Every good strength-training program needs to have an element of core training.  All Workout Anywhere programming is core specific.  Whether it’s Four Minute Total Core Sessions, the dynamic warm-up or weekly workouts, core is the foundation of any good training program. In short, a balanced, strong core controls every movement and adds stability to the body.

Step Three: Balance

To enhance overall balance practice standing on one leg for 20, 30 and 40 second durations throughout the day.  As well, if you’re a regular gym goer, balance on one leg with weight training (curls, tricep extensions, etc.)  In addition, improving core strength will aid in body control and balance.

Step Four: Get Limber

Working on flexibility will enhance range of motion, improve mobility and reduce the risk of injury.  Of course skiing is not fool proof and accidents happen, but elastic and flexible muscles are less likely to become injured ones.  To improve flexibility, check out our dynamic warm-ups and post-workout stretches/cool downs.

Step Five: Game Time!

Now that you’ve been incorporating these shape up for ski season moves into a regular routine, don’t forget to warm-up thoroughly at the mountain.  Try to do this in the parking lot and at the lifts.  As well, take some practice runs until you’re feeling good and ready for the tough stuff.

To all of our Spokane fitness enthusiasts and skiers abroad, have an incredible ski season!

Cheers w/water!

Coach Jessica
Coach Jessica

Jessica & Justin Rundle are Spokane natives and the founders of Workout Anywhere (a Northwest fitness training app for busy parents, by busy parents). In addition, the two are the official strength & conditioning coaches for Mt. Spokane High School. To Learn more about Jessica and Justin Rundle, click here: Meet Team RundleFit.

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