Learning how to squat and dead lift correctly will not only help you get down the mountain faster, but is essential to injury prevention too!While many skiers in the gym already strive to keep their legs strong, skiing is a full-body activity. Skiing requires strength, agility, and uses short bursts of energy.The competitive environment makes every workout a game, like racing your friends to the bottom of the chair, or logging your vert throughout the day. Crossfit is a perfect way to get in shape for the upcoming season.When it comes to maneuvering through glades, pole planting on high angle terrain or making sure you’re not collapsing at the waist when ripping through moguls, every ounce of muscle in your body is working.Glutes, hamstrings, and quads are three of the most important muscles in a skier’s body.For example, many people follow the “one hour of cardio, one hour of weights” model.It will challenge your stamina, strength, and stability, leaving you sweating in a matter of minutes. By using a time component in every workout, one day you might race the clock to finish the workout in the shortest amount of time, and the next day try to complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes, but either way, it’s a race to the finish line.Nothing ruins a season like a blown knee, and many torn ACLs are due to muscle imbalances such as over-developed quads and under-developed hamstrings.Crossfit is about creating usable strength, not just glamour muscles.
If you do all of the sets unbroken I bet your heart rate will be higher than it is on the treadmill.Instead of taking breaks in between each set, then running at a moderate pace on the treadmill for an hour, take no breaks.Variety is the name of the game, with anything from plyometics (explosive movements that increase speed and power), to weightlifting, to running.How often do you find yourself bicep curling the milk to put it away or attempt to move your furniture laying on your back pushing with your legs?Many workouts feature specific lifts like squats and dead-lifts, which are key exercises to make you a stronger skier.