Originally Posted by Biowolf
Dean: I hate to knock somebody's product but one thing jumps out. You push off vertically on the machine and your feet dont turn. On skis you push off an (hopefully) extrem edge angle and your feet turn in relation to the rest of the body (at least to some degree). So what is the point.?
My equivalent training now is to set a long broom handle up on obstacles and practice 50 lateral jumps over it on a grass surface, as part of my plyometric training. (A much, much lower cost alternative, with the additional advantage of requiring balance skills/picking a landing spot, but it doesn't simulate any of the rebound energy like you'd get in slalom turns. LeMaster, in one of his slide shows, suggested the same drill, but on trampolines, to simulate the extension/retraction with rebound (but which, in my case, I'd be concerned would instead stimulate the ankle injury).