Originally Posted by RicB
There is no doubt in my mind that what I do off the snow increases my performance on the snow. Could I get the same benefit by warming up on the snow? I don't thnk so.
I don't deny for a minute the benefit of off snow physical training for many areas of on snow performance, but at the proper time and in the proper context.
Here's what I mean; have you ever watched players warm up for a basketball game? They shoot baskets.
Baseball? They take batting practice and infield.
Tennis? They hit serves, volleys, ground strokes.
Football? Throw and catch passes, take snaps, ball exchanges.
Hockey? They skate and take shots on goal.
A ski race? We take free runs and run training courses.
My point is that the best warm-up drills are not non-related activities, but sport specific motor refreshers. While general warm-up drills/exercises are done to awaken the muscles prior to engaging them, the pros dedicate the bulk of their warm-up time to sport specific skills.
Same goes for skiing. The very skills we need to perform on snow are the ones we need to isolate and focus on to really get the movement patterns awakened and sharpened for the day. This is best done on snow in my opinion, and in the opinion of all the best trainers of the sports I mentioned above.
Include the off snow stuff if you wish, and find it helps, but understand it's purpose, and understand also the important benefit of sport specific (on snow) warm-up.