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Last minute exercises?

post #1 of 3
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OK, so it's less than 2 weeks (275 hrs but who's counting?) until we leave for Whistler - Wayhaayyyy!!

Neither of us have much time on skis - she's had a week, I've had 3.

We (me and the poor girl I married) have been running and doing general gym work over the past year so we're not stupidly unfit for late 30-somethings - but not exactly olympians either

I've also been doing squats (4x20reps) and some core work on a balance ball and a bit of balancing on a home-made board'n'roller thingy.

So is there anything worthwhile to do in the last couple of weeks?

eg: Last night we were watching some beginner/intermediate DVD training material and we tried doing some leg turns for 10 mins - stand upright on 2 bits of paper and twist your feet to the left and right whilst keeping the hips facing forward. The idea was to feel how the legs (and skis) rotate independently of the hips/waist/upper body.

So any comments on that improvised exercise? (waste of time vs good for getting a feel vs suggested improvements)
and any other things to try in the hours remaining?
post #2 of 3
If you've been doing your core work consistently, that's better for your skiing than any machine based workout at a traditional gym.
post #3 of 3

foot-to-foot skier hops

As long as you do it on a surface with a little give to it, (don't bang up your ankles or other connective tissue with a few hours to go) you might try foot-to-foot skier hops. Standing on your left foot, hop lightly to the right, landing only on your right foot (your left foot stays above the ground but tucks in near your right ankle) then spring back to the left without a pause, landing only on your left foot. Do a minute or two continuously, then rest, then do another minute or two, then rest. It's not a big jump to the side (lateral bounds) but a small hop. You're trying to emphasize quickness, not strength. There are several advantages of this exercise:

(1) it mimics the side to side motion and flex/extend motion of skiing.

(2) it's a relatively low impact version of plyometrics (but do it on a flat surface with good shoes and be careful not to twist an ankle right before your trip.)

(3) it's good anaerobic threshold training, as eventually you work up to longer sets.

(4) there's an agility/fast feet training component.
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