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Our Ski Conditioning Program means more than just squats and lunges

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You want ski conditioning?

We got your ski conditioning right here!  (seriously, we do. Our 30 day ski conditioning course starts Nov 17th and is just $97 for unlimited classes – choose from over 13 classes per week as well as a bunch more good stuff.  Click here to lock in your spot today!)

So what is Ski Conditioning exactly???

It’s more than just squats.  It’s more than just working your legs and lungs.  If that was true then you’d have mountains filled with professional cyclists.  But we don’t ski that way.  So your ski conditioning shouldn’t reflect that.  In fact, skiing is about being able to create power in the following 3 ways:

All you need to know to effectively train for skiing (or come to our ski conditioning classes we teach at in downtown Denver)

Ski Conditioning tip 1: Power off of one leg

When your body is pushed to one side, the weight shifts.  Your weight is pushed down the hill when you stand on a steep or sloped surface (ski physics, anyone?).   Because you don’t ski straight downhill without turning, you spend most of your time trying to fight sideways momentum to prepare for the next turn.    Ipso facto, you need strength off of one leg.

Ski Conditioning tip 2: Power side to side

Box jumps are great for training people how to have powerful olympic lifting movements for activities such as crossfit workouts.  However, if you’re actually looking to work your legs for skiing (and also maybe hit different muscles than the usual workout does) then you need side to side power.  Not just hopping side to side, but jumping with either a band pulling you to the side or landing on your feet after jumping sideways off a low surface. Why not a high surface?  Because you want to be able to quickly pop back up – slow is the enemy of power generation

Ski Conditioning tip 3: Check your joint mobilitysnow-skiing-equipment-1

You need hips that can rotate while in a vertical position.  It’s that simple.  You can lie down or warrior pose all you want, you’re not going to get your ski muscles active if your ski bones wont move in rotation while your feet are planted on the ground (or snow, in this case).

If you’d like to come in for a free ski conditioning workout you can always get a free workout at the always fun Bonza Bodies studio in downtown Denver, or if you wanted to sign up for the ski conditioning 30 day course we’re running starting Nov 17th you can do that by clicking HERE.

Still hungry from more ski conditioning information?  Of course you are 🙂

Here’s a ski conditioning video I did for 9News recently, and also below a video explaining why cyclists can’t ski (or at least, why becoming one won’t help you ski nearly as much as a focused, functional workout)