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Intermediate looking to gain endurance and work on balance discrepancy

post #1 of 5
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Hey all,

I'm an intermediate skier, I've been skiing for 20ish years but only a couple of days(if that) per a year, but last year I skied 5 or 6 days and this year I'll be skiing at least 10 days.   I'd like to work on my balance and be able to ski for longer.

 

I have noticed that one side of my body (my left side) is weaker and less sensitive than the other.  It's not a huge difference--but it's noticeable.  I can only balance on my left leg for a couple of seconds, whereas I can balance on my right leg for much longer.  I am also pretty inflexible.

 

I am looking for:

 

1) Cardio exercises I can do in order to increase my skiing endurance.  Will doing spinning classes/biking regularly have a direct impact on my skiing endurance?

 

2) Exercises or stretches to help me increase my balancing ability on my left side.

 

Evenutally I want to see a physical therapist to work on this, but I want to get myself in the right direction starting now.  Can anyone offer some ideas/tips/etc.?

 

Thanks!

Matt


Edited by folkfan - 1/31/12 at 4:22pm
post #2 of 5

Here's what my physical therapist has me doing.

 

How to Do a Single Leg Dead Lift with Medicine Ball

 

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/exercise/leg-exercises-tb6.htm

 

1 rep is 3 moves; left, center, right.  Do a 30 count (10 reps) with a 4 lb ball, each leg.

 

If you are getting started, 12 will be difficult.

 

 

post #3 of 5

Since skiing is an aerobic activity that requires short bursts of energy, lengthy cardio exercises such as cycling and running won't have as great of a positive effect on your skiing as you might think. It is not to say that cardio of any kind won't help, because it will. All cardio helps build your endurance and being in shape means better than being really out of shape, but the direct correlation to skiing is minimal. 

 

The best way to avoid getting tired or sore is to do strength training and dynamic stretches. Do cardio of course as well, but say you are going for a jog or paced run, work in some short sprints in the middle. 

 

 

post #4 of 5

Check out "Core Performance" by Mark Verstegen.

If you can do the exercises described in chapter 5 (Movement Prep), you'll see and feel it in your skiing.

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Check out "Core Performance" by Mark Verstegen.

If you can do the exercises described in chapter 5 (Movement Prep), you'll see and feel it in your skiing.



this is good advice.

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