Endurance athletes always practice before a race. Skiing is no different. You need to prepare your body before you hit the slopes.
About six weeks out, you should implement a ski-specific program that mimics skiing or snowboarding moves.
Some of the exercises can be hard on your body because of all the balance work.
As you train for the slopes, make sure to stay safe.
Caleb Smeltzer, personal trainer at Viking Power Fitness in Denver, shares some injury prevention tips so you're 100 percent ready for ski-season.
Injury Prevention Tips
- Assess your posture in the gym during movement: Shoulders should be rolled back and down (chest out). Keep your belly button in tight and chin up. This will not only prevent injury, but it will also train your muscles to contract maximally.
- Always sit back through your heals on lower body movements. Always keep your knees behind your toes—this takes stress off of the patellar tendon and puts it on the large muscle groups.
- Lift with your legs; do not bend at the hips.
- Always warm up, cool down and stretch.
- Remember, training is a marathon not a sprint; don't try to make up for a lack of exercise in one session.
- Never neglect your core, incorporate it every day
- Give your muscles adequate recovery time. The general rule of thumb is if your muscles are sore to the touch lay off, but cardio is an exception.
- Train outside the box; get away from the machines.
- Constantly change your routine. If something feels wrong consult a trainer or eliminate the exercise.
- Know your limits. Excessive overload on your muscles, steps too high, too high intensity, too many jumps and incorrect form will cause injury.
- Phase your workouts. Set a 45-day plan to increase intensity and exercises week to week.
- Never workout on an empty stomach.
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Caleb Smeltzer, personal trainer at Viking Power Fitness, has lived in Colorado for 30 years. Growing up in Leadville, (the highest incorporated city in the U.S.) he got a start on the slopes at an early age. Athletic development is his passion regardless of the sport. He says, "The best form of injury prevention is to keep your body in motion during the entire off season."