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I would like to get in generally better fitness and specifically better ski fitness for next season. Trying to think about what the best off-season workout that I can do.

 

Strong preference for kind of exercise that I can get around the house - walking stairs, mountain bike riding, etc, rather than at the fitness center. And I get bored easily so something that seems productive for more than just exercise is great too.


What kinds of off season workout do you do, and how do you motivate yourself?

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Besides the obvious ones like biking and running, which are as good as any, box jumps work well for me. I use a 15 inch box. Less vertically challenged people may use much higher. Do six sets jumping up on the box and back off as fast as you can safely manage. I usually start with sets of 8 reps and work up to 20--you can go higher of course--I read somewhere that Rahlves did sets of 32. Alternate with sets of side to side jumps--as far to each side as you can manage. Surprisingly, a lot of the benefit comes from the landing--the muscles strengthen by absorbing the impact--so don't land with your knees locked. This exercise gives a lot of benefit in a short period of time.

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I would like to get in generally better fitness and specifically better ski fitness for next season. Trying to think about what the best off-season workout that I can do.

 

Strong preference for kind of exercise that I can get around the house - walking stairs, mountain bike riding, etc, rather than at the fitness center. And I get bored easily so something that seems productive for more than just exercise is great too.


What kinds of off season workout do you do, and how do you motivate yourself?

Have you look at this recent thread?  There are a number of ski conditioning ideas mixed in the discussion.

http://www.epicski.com/t/127999/angulation-my-package-never-arrived

 

I like variety too.  I find indoor rock climbing is a fun way for strength and cardio work.  I'm only an intermediate climber (5.6-5.8) but doesn't take much to get your heart rate up.

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Hike and bike mountains all summer, ski them all winter.  Notice the key theme there being the mountains, stay in them and you'll stay healthy. 

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Inside the house, run up and down your stairs. Alternate on the ascent one stair at a time very fast and two stairs slow with a deep lunge. Do 4 sets of 10 ascents and increase if possible. Core work and Bosu as well and you will see improvements. Make little games like the very fun "how long can I sustain a one footed squat on the platform side of the Bosu".

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Inside the house, run up and down your stairs. Alternate on the ascent one stair at a time very fast and two stairs slow with a deep lunge. Do 4 sets of 10 ascents and increase if possible. Core work and Bosu as well and you will see improvements. Make little games like the very fun "how long can I sustain a one footed squat on the platform side of the Bosu".

This only works if you live alone. ;) Not sure running down the stairs is such a great idea, and if you take it slow you're resting too soon to get much of a workout. 

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