Are you fit to ski? 7 exercises to get you ski fit for your winter holiday!

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Are you fit to ski? 7 exercises to get you ski fit for your winter holiday!

This winter our friends at Morgan Jupe are lucky enough to be whipped into shape by their own resident personal trainer and Chalet Host, Harri Bennet. No excuses not to be ski fit when she is on the door step!

Whether you are just starting out or you have been skiing 10 weeks a year; skiing and snowboarding can take its toll on your body. If you want to make the most of your trip and hit the slopes hard then a little preparation can work wonders.

Key areas to work on:

  • Core, Glute and Leg Strength
  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Flexibility

If you head to the gym already then incorporate some of the exercises below into your routine along with spin classes for cardiovascular fitness and body pump for a great all over work out. Just make sure you stretch to keep up your flexibility and you will be ready to shred the mountain before you know it.

7 exercises for skiing and snowboarding

1  – Plank– a great full body strengthener

Muscles worked – abs, lower back, glutes (buttocks), shoulders and legs.

Start with the standard forearm plank. Hold the position for as long as possible with good form and gradually increase by 10 seconds. Once you feel comfortable holding it for over 1 minute, try out some other plank varieties such as high planks and side planks

  • Lie face down with legs extended and elbows bent directly underneath shoulders
  • Engage your stomach muscles, then lift your body up keeping elbows on the ground under your shoulders
  • Your body should be in a straight line, imagine you have a ruler running from, head to toe
  • Keep your abs engaged, focus on your breathing and hold

2  – Lunges – a compound exercise

Muscles Worked – quadriceps, hamstrings (thighs), glutes and core they are a great all-round pre-trip exercise which can be done anywhere.

Ski Fit with Morgan Jupe - Lunges

Ski Fit with Morgan Jupe – Lunges

The lunge is a basic movement which can be performed by those of all levels. Beginners should start with body weight (no added weight) and then begin to increase the difficulty by adding weight as you progress.

  • Keep your upper body straight, shoulders back, chin up, look ahead and engage your core
  • Step forward with one leg and lower your back knee towards the floor so that both knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Your front knee should be directly above ankle and your back knee should be just hovering above the floor
  • Keep your weight in your heels as you push back up to starting position. Once you feel you have the basic movement mastered you can mix things up by making this exercise anaerobic, whilst also getting your heart pumping. Jumping lunges help to increase the explosive power in the lower body

3  – Jump Lunges – a plyometric exercise

  • At the bottom of the lunge, jump explosively off the ground, switching the position of your legs whilst in mid-air, landing in the lunge position with the opposite leg forward.

4  – Glute Bridge – strengthen the bum!

Muscles worked – glutes and hamstrings

Ski fit with Morgan Jupe - Glute Bridge

Ski fit with Morgan Jupe – Glute Bridge

Our glute muscles often become weaker in our everyday modern lives. Desk jobs and lack of activity can lead to imbalances in the muscles, which is not ideal as our glutes are used heavily in skiing and snowboarding.

  • Lie down on your back with your knees bent and feet flat, keep your arms at your side with palms down
  • Lift your hips off the floor until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line
  • Squeeze your glutes as hard as you can, keeping your abs pulled in tight and hold. If you feel you are losing form quickly or want to mix things up try pulsing in this position (from the top position, lower your bum down towards the floor without letting it touch, then squeeze your glutes as you drive your hips back up). Once you feel comfortable holding the standard glute bridge position for 1 minute, challenge yourself further by removing one foot from the floor and holding a single leg glute bridge.

Let’s get JUMPY!

Plyometric (jumping) exercises get your heart working, increasing your cardiovascular capacity but they also develop explosive power through the lower body whilst training your body to deal with the impact of landings so they are really perfect for skiers and snowboarders!

Start by aiming for three lots of 30 seconds of continuous movement with shorts rests in between. Then, once you feel confident begin to reduce the breaks or increase the work time.

5  – Squat Jump

  • Start with your head up looking straight ahead, back straight and chest up with your feet shoulder width apart
  • Keeping your form, squat down until your thighs are parallel with the floor
  • Jump straight up into the air as high as possible, extending through your hips, knees and ankles
  • Land softly, bending your knees to absorb the impact and immediately repeat the jump.

 6  – Box Jump

  • Find a solid, stable platform of suitable height and stand 1-2ft away with your feet shoulder width apart
  • Lower down into a half squat position, swing your arms behind you and use this movement to rebound upwards, extending through your hips, knees and ankles to jump as high as possible
  • Land with both feet on the box, knees bent to absorb the impact
  • To maximise the exercise, jump back down using your legs to absorb impact and repeat

7  – Skipping

Skipping is one of the best forms of cardio when it comes to preparing your body for skiing or snowboarding. Skipping builds an incredible amount of stamina and strengthens both aerobic and anaerobic systems, meaning you’ll be able to ride for longer without feeling exhausted and picking up injuries.

Standard Jump rope is better if you are new to skipping. Because of the upright position and good posture required, the core is engaged whilst loading the calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes from jumping on the balls of the feet. Skipping ropes can be bought very cheaply and can be taken literally anywhere – a perfect traveling workout.

Ski Fit with Morgan Jupe - Skipping

Ski Fit with Morgan Jupe – Skipping

Don’t be disheartened if you pick up the rope for the first time and you are pretty rubbish, people always think they ‘should’ just be able to skip when in fact skipping requires coordination, proprioception and quick footwork. Start slow and you’ll soon see your skills improving, allowing you to jump faster and gain more technique.

Try to skip for 1 minute then rest for 1 minute, working on footwork first. Once you begin to feel more comfortable, increase the work time and reduce the rests and begin to increase your speed. Take it on to running once you have mastered standard jump rope by swapping from foot to foot.

So, don’t forget a little preparation goes a long way! Spending a little time on your fitness, strength and flexibility now will help you get through your ski holiday injury free having skied or snowboarded your very best!

Check out our stretching blog to find out how to increase your flexibility and warm up before the mountain.

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