So I've been hitting the gym pretty hard in preparation for the upcoming season. While on the elliptical the other day, I was thinking about doing motion analysis on a bump skier (yes, I'm a ski nerd). I was thinking about the backpedaling motion that you see when you watch a good bump skier. So obviously, I stopped the elliptical, and started cranking it in reverse. I immediately noticed a bigger burn in my quads, which is something I was looking for. After humming along in reverse for a few more minutes, I realized I wasn't quite getting the intensity of burn that I would get even from doing GS turns, nevermind from doing bumps. Then I climbed back into my internal motion analysis, and thought about the upper body. I immediately realized that I was going in reverse, which is great, but my shoulders were bouncing up and down as I worked my legs, and cranked on the handles. I took my hands off of the moving handles, and put them on the stationary handle. Then I quieted my upper body, and kept it level while I worked my legs. BAM! Within ten seconds, my quads were screaming, just as they would on a bump run. It was an epiphany, for me at least.
Has anybody else tried this? Have you noticed a translation onto the snow?