Originally Posted by Skidude72
This is crazy.....basics. I dont really know all the background, but you never put kids on a weight program until after puberty....somthing to do with development...CSCF Level 1 stuff.
Plus kids dont have the skill to pull the gs, nor do they run courses long enough...to say kids dont have to wieght train, therefore neither do adults is ludicrious.
OTOH, kids cross train a lot, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, inline skating, ice skating, bike riding, running, jumping, playing ball.....they have more endurance than most adults, and don't weight train. I do know they should not until the bones stop growing. So for whatever reasons they do not weight train, they still can get in remarkable shape without it.
Remember the OP said he did not want the muscles he built up over the winter to go away in the summer? I'm thinking that since skiing alone is not a great strength building sport, he'd do better to develop endurance, which inline skating does in spades.
Competitive athletes have different needs. For them, weight training is a must. They are in fantastic shape, are young, and can handle that training regime. But for those older folks that are in marginal shape, weight training will take a VERY LONG TIME to acheive lasting benefits. There are many pitfalls along the way.
A total body workout -- under supervision -- during the off-season may be ok. But there are problems with developing muscular imbalances, and problems with lifting style contributing to injury, and problems with a person's health that can reveal themselves after they begin.
Weight room injuries to adults are very debilitating. IMO, If you are new to the weight room (ie, have never been in a supervised program) then unless you find competent supervision ( which can be hard ), you should not bother with it. Lifting with improper technique, to many reps, and too much weight will do FAR more harm than good.
The number one requirement to get in shape is to stay healthy. So, choose a training regime that will ensure you will. Weight training is not for everyone.