Hi All - Lurker becoming a participant, with some questions about the best lower body fitness "combo" for skiing.
I have pretty well-developed lower body strength, via biking, running and climbing mountains in the off-season (and of course skiing all winter). I've traditionally augmented my normal activities with lots of lunges, but not much else for strength. My leg strength has never been a particular issue for skiing, but hey, you always want to be stronger and better, right?
I've recently been working on more traditional strength exercises, and discovered that I can squat 5x5s with a little over 1.5 times my bodyweight. I understand that this is fairly decent. I mean, obviously there are stronger people, and I could certainly increase this, but should I? So, the questions in more detail:
- Should I develop lower body strength further, and is additional brute leg strength (vs. endurance, agility) even much of an advantage for skiing, if you already have a fairly strong base?
- At what point does developing strength become counterproductive in terms of extra body mass, etc.?
- Would I be better served by focusing more on plyometrics/agility skills? (And of course I will continue with my normal endurance activities.)
- What do higher-level competitive skiers do?
I'm just not sure what direction to go with my fitness regimen, and I do not have access to a trainer to ask.
I ski a lot of bumps, glades and steeps, but I certainly enjoy a good carving session, if that helps.
Thanks a lot!
(PS, if there are already some threads about this, please feel free to post links and be snarky at me )
Edited by LiveJazz - 9/13/11 at 11:06am