Originally Posted by loboskis
IMHO you do not need to be looking into being "sport specific" at this time.
For the next 3 months find a trainer who will help you with strength & flexibilty.
Learn the basic lifts ,squats,deadlift etc. Learn to do them properly.
Strengthen your core ,every trainer will have there favorite core exercises. And stretching , legs ,hips,shoulders as well as some balance work.
Now is the time to build a foundation,in September start adding your ski specific work.
Thanks for the positive comments...
Some more background on me... Ex-football player and even played some early in the college career until a strange injury and the fact that it was Division 3 made me think I should hang it up. I am very comfortable in a weight room and use to throw around some good iron. The last 15 years I have gone up and down the exercise cycles in my life but as I get older, I know I need to make a commitment. Skiing is helping me to now stay focused and keep at it. I want to get more serious about my skiing so I know I have to be more serious about my fitness level.
I am also clear on core strength and own a balance board and a couple of other core tools at the house.
I should have been more specific in my first question. I really have never used a personal trainer. My question falls in two parts as it pertains to a trainer.
1) I know that some traniners are better qualified than others. They can have different initials or credential after their names. What is the official seal of approval to know that I am getting a good trainer? If they have this degree or that degree? If they went through this certifying program? If they have good abbs? If they work for that crazy exercise chick on the reality show about trainers? Should they be a kinesiologist or a nutrionist or both? Do they need an advanced degree? (I saw a news show about how those with a bachelor's degree in those type of fields made the best trainers several years ago and that may be why I am seeking this advice)
How do I know my trainer is any good and can guide me in the right direction? Other than we get along and I feel good about them, what do I look for to know that I am getting a highly qualifed trainer?
I don't want a work out partner/spotter who I like to work me out and keep me motivated. I want someone that can help me work smarter and not harder.
2) My other concern relates my location and having a trainer that knows about what movements and exercises will help me most in skiing. Thus the sport specific part of the question. I fully agree with the core advice and also the flexibility.
I am also open to new ideas about exercise. 20 years ago nobody was doing pilates. I wish like heck I could have done that and some tai-chi when I was in high school playing football. I coach some HS football now on the side and have done some unique things with the team to build strength. I would love to find variations on different exercises that might work better for a skier than they would for say a football player. The video that loboskis posted is the kind of thing I am talking about. That looks tough but I can see the way it would need some core strength.
What I don't want is some gimmick or any wasted time in the gym!!
As far as my work out routine now. Work is busy so I get there when I can. About three to four times per week. I have been spinning (RPM class) about twice a week. I have also been going to Bodypump twice a week. (LessMills.com) I usually run on the treadmill one or two days a week. Some days I do a class and run or class and eliptical. Wednesdays, I usually do BodyPump and then straight to a spinning class because I take Thursday and Friday off due to other commitments. I was going to a BodyFlow class but have not been in about 6 weeks. I need to start going back. I do a little work in the machine room on abs and legs but no set routine.
Thanks very much for the advice and encouragement. I know this is a long response but I know someone here will be able to help get the info I need. Keep it coming and ski ya later.