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Skiing and Boxing

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Hey all [img]smile.gif[/img]
This might be related to LM's post a bit earlier about Martial Arts and skiing, but I thought it might be a tad different.

I started boxing this summer both fitness/training and some sparring and noticed that there are alot of aspects of it which might be beneficial to skiing. I'm not sure yet since the season hasn't started, but here's what I've gathered so far:

Boxing works on the legs alot. To get a nice solid punch,you're required to "pull" power from the ground so, it requires basically your entire lower body working in tandem in order to punch strong. So, you're working on many of your muscle groups in your lower body constantly.

It also requires you to be on your toes most of the time so it gives the calves a very strong workout as well. In addition, your knees are always bent so, it keeps your quads working as well.

Some of the excercises involved such as squats help work on the knee as well. It helps build a "shock absorber" per se. The knees become softer and is able to take stronger shocks without transmitting it to the upper body. I think this is very beneficial for skiing where some bump or another can come suddenly. The ability to dissipate these shocks could mean the difference between skiing and falling. Also, i think it might help out alot in the bumps.

A few more things that seem that they could be carried over to skiing, but like i said, i haven't skied since starting boxing yet, so I'm not sure, but that's what I could gather so far. Personally, after taking martial arts (tae kwon do and Moo duk kwan) for about 6 years, I think boxing does build a better body in terms of balance, and body tone. Martial arts, when blocking, mainly focused on blocking an attack whereas boxing focuses on not only blocking, but avoiding by swaying, ducking, etc, and also on counter blows which hone reflexes. Anyhow, I'd recommend anyone on this forum to give it a try [img]smile.gif[/img] If you're in the San Diego area, I'd be more than happy to take someone to the boxing gym as well to check it out [img]smile.gif[/img]

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Check this out!

Cool, huh! Aside form the physical stuff, anything that can improve your reflex/reaction time will always be helpful for your skiing.
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Please never generalize when it comes to martial arts. I was told never to think of a "block as a block" ..... to me it is a strike just as much as a punch or kick.

One individual was taken out of a match by just "blocking" his kicks (hard punches to the leg). I never threw a punch at him so he was amazed when he started to have difficulty just standing up. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
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