Originally Posted by jzamp
I agree zenny, I just wanted to point out that CTKook had a point, and wasn't just arguing for the sake of it.
But you have to admit that there is very little cross over between climbing and skiing.
If you've climbed much at all, you'll recognize that it will help you appreciate the significance of force vectors in skiing. Maybe it's more mentally beneficial than physically transferable, but I digress.
There has been absolutely zero attempt to refute anything that the Kook has said. My mistake is in the basic assumption that the 15-20 day per season skier isn't laser focused on skiing and that more than likely, they have some significant constraints on their personal time. What should have been said is, "Kook is right on the money. Do the things that are the most directly transferable. If you really enjoy them, so much the better."
My take was "in addition to these, do other activities that you enjoy, might be able to do with or introduce your family to, and by virtue of addressing balance, core strength, flexibility,etc... will keep you strong enough to make the most of your time on the hill. If not technically, then at least in terms of the basic conditioning needed getting up and down the hill for a full day.
Other stuff: Road biking, for example, has little to do directly with basketball, yet when I was doing a ton of riding, I could run full court all day long. Dd it benefit cycling? Probably not, but it was fun and allowed me to stay connected to numerous friends who weren't skiers or riders. Conversely, basketball was a nice break that addressed things like eye hand coordination, lateral movement, explosiveness in multiple planes, etc... That cycling didn't address. Between climbing when younger and cycling though, my shoulders were a wreck. At the point cycling was dialed back, it was time to get my body more well balanced and sorted out so off to the gym it was. Happened that there were a couple of squash courts at that particular gym and damned if that wasn't fun! Winter comes and it's ski and ski touring time. I don't find that my skills atrophy really so long as I am thinking about skiing and all the other stuff let the season begin with a nice base fitness level.
, I find the weight room a type of insurance and rehab but know full well that many just hate the idea of weight training. It's only been in the gym that I've successfully addressed a knee issue, and some serious shoulder problems through strength and flexibility training. There's a reason national ski teams spend time in the weight room. Stronger is safer and less prone to injury especially for we mortals who aren't paid a whole lot if anything to do this sport.. In the end, it benefits skiing for me, but even more importantly as an older parent with a young kid, I need to simply have the basic level of fitness necessary to not get run into the ground while introducing him to the physical things in life I feel he might enjoy.
In terms of the OP's original question, the big one for me is watching video and 'visualization'. Not everyone is wired for watching', but i most certainly am. YM (and Kook's) MV and I'm not about to contest that at all. I've said too much already in this thread, so I'll end it here,
Cheers.Edited by markojp - 7/3/13 at 11:23pm