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Isolate, then Integrate

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How many of you think that we are ever just using one muscle group at a time in our athletic, or even our daily activities/ Hopefully no one.
In training for strength, we often isolate muscle groups in order to lift maximum loads.
But for that strength to be functional, it needs to be integrated with other muscle groups.
Obviously, for this type of training, you may need to use a lighter workload, so it is advisable to train for pure strength first, otherwise you may pre-fatigue the muscles too much.
Although many of these exercises are not ski specific in their movements, some of the balance associated with them can be applied. Also, I have a fleeting suspicion that many still think of skiing as a form of isolated muscle work, i.e., the quads. Training the muscles to work in harmony with each other can benefit both safety and skill.

Play around with some of these:

Go to the cable machine at the gym. Attach the leg cable to your left ankle. Your back will be to the weight stack. Attach a device suitable for working with one arm to the opposite side of the cable. Pick it up with your right hand. Simulaneously curl your left leg and your right bicep. Switch sides.

Attach a resistance band to your ankles. Take a weight with you right hand. As you do a lateral raise with your right arm, laterally abduct {move away form your centerline} your left leg. Switch sides.

There are many others, which I will post at some other time. What will be common to all these exercises is the fact that they all will require you to use your stabilizers.
Can anybody think of some others?
post #2 of 2
You have given us a hint.

Let me guess...Do something with the upper and lower body that uses opposite sides!!

Try exercises that not only extend in unison away from the body, but then alter it by doing the exercise where one component comes towards the body, while theother one goes away
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