Skiing is a physically demanding activity and it requires a wide range of body movements. With this in mind, there are several factors that you need to pay close attention to: flexibility, strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. All these should be improved so you can ski all day long while preventing muscle strain and other injuries.
Bear in mind that your ski training program should suit your ability and the level of conditioning that you need. In this section, lets take a look at the different exercises and activities that you can do to prepare your body for some Skiing action
Beyond just building the necessary strength and endurance to be able to attack the mountain like you own it, we also knew that it was essential to make sure the programs were balanced for proper development of opposing muscle groups and joint health in your knees and hips. After all, what good are strong legs if you end up throwing out a knee or tearing your ACL and ruining your entire ski season! Therefore, we put careful consideration when developing the routines into making sure we were building functional leg and joint strength that was balanced giving you injury-resistant joints.
Flexibility This is the ability to move joints and use muscles through their full range of motion. This should be performed before and after each workout. By performing a simple motion and observing how far you can go, you can assess the flexibility of each part of your body. The sit-and-reach test is a good measure of flexibility of the Lower Back and Backs of the Upper Legs. Trying to balance standing on one leg can be a challenge, however if you want to improve balance and coordination try standing on semi-circle foam tubes (available at most physical therapy practices) and doing one-legged dips. For timing and a good plyometric workout try jumping rope. Bongo boards are fun and are used by many national ski teams for coordination drills, Excellent cross training can be done through inline skating, tumbling classes, trail running, rock climbing, and trampoline training.