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Are you a cat or a salamander?
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do you really think that a salamander

can become a cat? either there is no hope, or maybe a different analogy is needed
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It's a question of degrees. Before I started skiing, I was a total salamander. My workouts consisted of distance running on paved concrete, Nautilus Workouts, pre-choreographed aerobic classes, etc. My first attempt at skiing was an absolute disaster, even though I was infinitely stronger, and had much greater aerobic endurance than I do now. I was only able to learn to ski after switching to routines that provided more agility and quicker reaction times.

While I will probably never be as agile as a ski racer, I have a much quicker reaction time than I did when I was training for marathons.
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I agree with you Lisa Marie 150%.

For the last 30 + years I have advocated and used a variety of sports and athletic pursuits that develop the quick twitch muscle groups first. An old favorite from my college racing days is dry land slalom. Now I use dry land bumping on steep slopes with my trekking poles, to build both quick twitch muscle groups and power from the forces of gravity. You'd be surprised how hard the workout can be and the positive results when you get on snow.

In-line skating is another, though not as movement diagonal as bumping on a steep slope. For more sedentary workouts I use the BOSU to bounce on fore/aft and left/right with 180% spins to practice off-season dynamic balance skills as well as a good aerobic workout.

Finally trail running can be a real challenge when going downhill. Just be careful on the wet and muddy rocks and on your knees.

whtmt & Mackenzie 911
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