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post #1 of 9
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Hi All: Pierre here eh. I have a bit of a problem. I have all this stuff to get in shape that I have collected over the years but I am finally convinced that osmosis does not work. I bought this stuff but I am still not getting in shape. What am I doing wrong?

On a more serious note, I can list the equipment but have little idea how and what to do with it. Up until now I really have not gotten in shape for winter and slogged my way though on my talents alone. At the end of last year I could not walk up a set of steps without onesy twosy until well into July. In addition my back goes into full spasm all to often. Especially when I attempt to get in shape.

The real problem is not skiing its staying in alignment. I have muscle imbalances that cause misalignment. Video at the end of last season showed bad misalignment. I have poor flexibility without anatomical cause.

I have the following equipment at home.
Life Fitness X3 pro elliptical machine
Nordic Track Pro
Lifestyler 1500 treadmill
Stationary Aerodyne bike
Bands with grips, red, blue and green
Stability balls 65cm and 55cm
Round foam things 6” X 36”
Spri Xerdiscs
Various free weight from ½ to about 5lb
Decent mountain bike.

What I would like is some kind of an idea on what to put together as a routine where I can work up to around 1 hour five times a week. Right now I have been on the elliptical machine for about a weak and have worked up to about 20 minutes at medium settings. My body tells me I have made a terrible mistake for the first 8 minutes but then I feel better and my appetite is down. I have lost 10lb over the last 6 months. Doctors have said no athritis that would cause the amount of pain and imbalance or other hidden problems that would cause me to not be able to exercise as I see fit.

I would actually like to ski up to my reputation
post #2 of 9
Join a gym....

No seriously you have a nice collection of cardio gear and toy weights, and thats great, but what you need is more muscle and that is only gained with heavy weight lifting. It will avoid your back pains, and muscle is the engine that will burn the fuel (fat) that you feel you may have in excess.
post #3 of 9
check these guys out

No gym needed!
post #4 of 9
See a physiotherapist.
post #5 of 9

As you know from responding to my "what would you do on your first day" thread, I'm recovering from ACL surgery, and one of the biggest challenges that we face in recovery is the "imbalance" caused by the surgically repaired leg being considerably weaker than the non-injured leg.

I would encourage you to find a personal trainer who is either affiliated with a physical therapy group or has worked in that area. My trainer works with a PT group that works with the US Ski Team, and I am sure you could find similarly qualified people in Ohio.

What they have me doing are two primary things: first, working on building "core" strength as it stabilizes the body, and secondly doing a lot of exercises on one leg to improve overall balance and the strength of the injured leg.

It might work for you.

Mike :
post #6 of 9
I totally agree with the other posts that suggest seeing a personal trainer. I also think that, in the long run, you need to look at this as a long term project. Do what you can for this ski season, but also look at starting now for the 08/09 season. By gradually addressing the problems identified by a qualified person in a systematic manner, including: endurance, strength, power, flexability, balance, core and the muscle imbalance you might have, next season could be fantastic. It appears that trying to address issues a month or two ahead in the fashion you described has lead you to frustration. IMHO, taking a long term view on this will yield really good results. I'd also encourage you to keep it up, and you will get payoffs this ski year as well.

It is quite common to not feel very good during the first 10 to 20 minutes of exercise, especially when just starting. I still occasionally experience that even after exercising religiously for over 30 years.
post #7 of 9
Other things you can do include:
  • Set short term, intermediate, and long term goals. Decide why you want to exercise and what you want to ultimately achieve. For me, I enjoy my activities more when I’m in shape, so I have a long-term intrinsic goal. Other goals might include what you already set, which is an hour, five times per week. Another of your goals is to ski well. You might also consider entering a run next spring, and have a goal for that. Or shorter term goals, such as increasing your speed on the elliptical.
  • Work out some with friends or at a gym. The up side of this is that friends will encourage you. The other up side is that if you have scheduled something with friends, you will be more likely to follow through. The down side is that friends sometimes “chat” too much at a gym and decreases exercise focus.
  • Once you get in better shape, join an aerobics, spin, or some other class and pay for it up front. This can then become part of your weekly routine.
  • Have a routine. For me, I work out daily at noon and I always stretch at 10pm while watching some TV. If it becomes part of your schedule, it’s easier to do regularly.
  • Vary your exercises and make them fun. The elliptical can become quite a drag if that is all that you do. Besides, your body will get in better shape if you do a variety of things and change what you do periodically.
post #8 of 9
Just a little SIMPLE Tip that helped my balance last year..

every morning when you get dressed.. do it all on one leg... including showering and shaving etc...

I do this every morning..
post #9 of 9
And once you've mastered that, do it on a bosu ball!
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