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Racing Coaches, HELP!!

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Teaching fitness in the Boston area affords me th opportunity of working with people of many different backgrounds. The skiers amongst my students are either Beacon Hill Brahmins, skiing since childhood, occaisonal recreational skiers, people about to take their first lesson, or being in an area that is filled with colleges, students who are on their schools ski racing team.

In your opinion, how do the fitness needs of racers differ from the rest of the skiing population? Thanks in advance!
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Whether racing or recreational skiing, balance-edging-pressure-rotation are all important. The racer needs to practice these skills anerobically and aerobically. The US Ski team site (www.usskiteam.com) has a test they use to determine training -http://www.usskiteam.com/education/alpmedalstest.htm

Any book by Ellen Post Foster has skills and excercises needed for racing.

Lisamarie-you might want to contact some of the skiing academies and tag along for a day or two. A good magazine is: http://www.skiracing.com/ If you need help in finding specific schools (ages), contact me.

Last year the topic was athletism...big on recovery of balance. The only time a racer does a sit-up is if they fall. We have to train them not to fall. Core excercises while standing on one leg! A favorite of mine is standing on a dynadisk while on one leg. Stand sideways, left side towards a 45 degree trampolin, toss a 5 pound ball(work up to it) from your right hand-hit the trampolin, and then catch it in your right hand over your head. Vary the height of the release and catch of the ball. Switch sides. This does ankles, core, rotator cuff, and my favorite-BALANCE!

Many of these sites will also deal with the nutritional needs.

Contact the coach from the school and see what items he doesn't have time to train on, and you can suppliment those activities. Coach will love you.

Good luck.
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Often ignored, a greater degree of warm up and stretching. Increased mobility and injury prevention could be increased dramatically.
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>The US Ski team site (www.usskiteam.com) has a test they use to determine training -http://www.usskiteam.com/education/alpmedalstest.htm


Ugh! I remember that test - or at least a varient of it. Used to be 1.5 miles as I recall. But that was a lifetime ago.

I think the difference between racers and the general skiing public is like comparing college/pro athletes with weekend warriors. Competition breeds a level of exactness that is not necessary for all to acheive in a recreational mode. For example; a casual cyclist can enjoy a sunday ride and obtain some fitness benefits. Where as a Category 1 or 2 racer has to be more precise with cadence, pedal stroke, body position, hand postion, aerodynamics, power transfer, etc. Making the same Sunday ride take on a whole new meaning.

As with skiing. A recreational skier can slip some turns down a face, where a racer, even when free skiing is feeling for the perfect turn in every condition.

Therefore, the conditioning is different. The recreational skier wants to enjoy the day without getting so soaked with sweat and tired from excertion they have to sleep for days. General aerobic conditioning, stretching and moderate weight training will suffice.

For a racer. Dry-land activity has to serve a direct link back to the hill. Balance, body position, joint health, Power (Plyometrics maybe), and aneorobic threshold training have to play a larger role. Otherwise the racer will find themselves at a disadvantage throughout the year. The last 10 gates will burn too much to ski clean. The legs won't absord the roles and press the backside of rollers during the last 20 seconds of a DH and so forth. The mind will lose focus if the legs start to ache.

It's late and I'm rambling. A serious racer has to think about how the training activity is going to help them on the hill. A recreational skier just needs to enjoy the benefits of a healthly lifestyle.
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