Strength Training For Backcountry Skiing
Hey Skiing Chicks!
I hope you enjoyed last month’s training tip: Uphill Training for Backcountry Skiing workout because now it’s time to add in strength for the downhill skiing part.
After a month of building uphill stamina in your legs and lungs, we need to build a reserve of strength and power for the downhill.
All the exercises in this Downhill Training for Backcountry Skiing workout link to videos of the movements. The full workout takes just over an hour with a few minutes extra for cool down. As always, if you’re unsure about a movement, hire a professional coach. A coach can help you train properly and stay injury free.
Ideally, plan strength workouts after rest days and one or two times a week, depending on your time and your fitness.
Commit to this workout 1-2 days a week for 4-6 weeks and enjoy the benefits come December! (Or whenever ski season begins for you.)
Strength Training For Backcountry Skiing Workout:
10:00 mins row, run, ski erg etc.
2 x 8 Shoulder openers
2 x 5 Cuban press
3 x 5 Wall squat
2 x 5 Squat jump
Find your weight and box of appropriate height.
5 Goblet Squat + 8 Box Jump @ 12 – 24” (If no box available you can substitute jump with a KB swing.)
60 sec wall sit with a weight in your lap (medicine ball or slam ball work well)
30 secs split jumps
Rest 60 secs
10x Push up
10x Leg lower
Cool down with light aerobic work and mobility:
15 Minutes of Mobility | Mobility Exercises For Performance and Injury Prevention
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