Originally Posted by imatlas
Just trying to understand your comments more fully, as they are coming from someone who made a reasoned decision not to buy one. I've considered buying one in the past, and just missed snatching one up at a flea market, but they make a lot less sense if they don't offer any real benefit to skiers over other, less expensive fitness equipment that isn't marketed as having special advantages for skiers.
The ultimate question for me was "how close is the SE to snow skiing...like cycling, rowing, treadmill, elliptical, etc. machines are to the real thing?" It's debatable, but I concluded that it's not close enough to be worth my very limited time home.
- SE seems to be great for inside foot tipping exercise
- also great for training parallel shins with a ball inbetween the knees...Degado video
- not so great at practicing counter balancing / keeping the "stacked" form, i.e., feet, knees, hips and shoulders parallel to each other
- very difficult to practice or may even develop incorrect muscle memory in terms of counter acting, which is upper body turning towards the outside leg
- someone mentioned above SE is great for "up move". I don't like extending my legs inbetween turns for free skiing