Upcoming Ski/Snowboard Season is Good Reason to Get Your Body in Shape

CONTACT: Mary Jo Tarallo | info@skiandsnowboard.org | 202-431-6950

 

Early October 2016 - Snow already has begun to fall in some parts of the U.S. and that’s a sure sign that ski season is not far away. It also is a wake up call for experienced and prospective skiers and snowboarders alike to think seriously about getting in shape.

“You don’t have to train like a world class athlete but a few simple exercises that strengthen the body can make an on-snow experience much more enjoyable,” said Mary Jo Tarallo, director of the snow sports industry’s Learn to Si and Snowboard/Bring a Friend initiative.

The www.learntoskiandsnowboard.org web site illustrates some basic exercises that the average person can easily do now to get ready for the season.

Wesley Arnett, personal trainer at Viking Power Fitness in Denver, cites below muscles used in skiing. Most are applicable to snowboarding. However, arm movement is considerably different because there are no poles.

Quadriceps: These muscles hold you in position as you ski and provide protection for your knees. Exercises for the quadriceps include squats and lunges.

Hamstrings and Glutes: You typically hold your body in a flexed position when skiing downhill, which is leaning forward from the hips. This requires hamstring and glute strength as they help stabilize your body.

Inner and Outer Thighs: These keep your skis together. Your      outer thighs keep your body stable and help you steer.

Calves: "Because your knees are bent as you ski, your calves help you stay upright.

Abs and Back: Your back works to hold your body in a flexed leaning forward that position.

Arms: Arms help you push off with your poles while stabilizing your shoulders.

Snowboarding works similar muscle groups.

Leg strength is important for snowboarding since the stance in different from the stance used in skiing. 

Strong core muscles are important for balance.

Triceps muscles help you push back up if you fall (and that will happen when learning) or generally getting up off the snow when you stop.

Oblique twists, push-ups, calf raises, walking lunges and workouts on a stationary bike are just a few ways to get your body ready. 

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