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post #61 of 72
I train for two very different things during the year. As I’m winding down from skiing, the focus becomes long distance and endurance biking. In the spring, mileage goes up at first to establish a base, and then I work on speed, strength and power for biking with different workouts, such as long and short intervals and steeper climbs. My primary focus/goal is to be able to ride long distances on a road and mountain bike, each which have somewhat different training requirements.

By the time skiing comes along, I already have a good aerobic base, and the training focus moves more to fast and slow plyometrics, strength, power, and balance, while still maintaining good aerobic fitness. I’m more likely to go to gym to weight lift during the fall and early winter, but the weight lifting is part of specific strengthening goal and done in combination with other exercises.

Throughout both biking and skiing season, I continue to do core and flexibility exercises. I also try to maintain some balance by running, hiking, scrambling, in-line skating, snowshoeing, ski skating, etc. To me, being in shape for skiing means focussing exercises that are specific to the nature of the activity while maintaining balanced exercises. I also think that what I do this winter and next spring and summer is part of training for the next (08/09) skiing season. This way, I can identify my weaknesses and focus on improving over the long run. And there is always a lot that needs improvement.
post #62 of 72
Perfect.

OTOH, when inline skating season stops, I drink beer and get fat.

Man, do I ever need a shoulder season sport.

BTW: running is totally out. Biking is a maybe. The knees are just good enough to skate and ski. Maybe I should swallow my distaste for swimming and actually learn how...

Any suggestions?
post #63 of 72
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Rant over - I have restrained myself for over a year now, guess I was feeling a bit week today....
not enough fat blocks
post #64 of 72
Js137
Have you gotten over to The Chaos Compound?
post #65 of 72
The title of the thread is, "Best ways to get in mega skiing shape during the offseason?"which I interpret as not most of society who is just getting off the couch. You do raise an interesting point I will definitely concede on - the best exercise for most of society is what they will do. Given that most people think life should be easy and not cause any pain and want to be able to read a magazine while they "work out" - it surely is better to do long slow distance than stay on the couch. Not optimal in general, but optimal given the lack of ambition, drive, and discipline of the average person.



By the way, look at the current exercise research - anaerobic carries over to aerobic, but not the other way around.

FWIW, I think inline skating is a great addition to a program like Crossfit.
post #66 of 72
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Js137
Have you gotten over to The Chaos Compound?
No I have actually never been to an affiliate. I have a complete gym in my basement/garage, but usually work on at the UK athletic complex with a friend. I actually enjoy getting the crazy looks as I cycle through the three bars of death or am lunging around the track for 1/4 mile.

Have you been to any training classes or have an affiliate to work out at?
post #67 of 72
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No I have actually never been to an affiliate. I have a complete gym in my basement/garage, but usually work on at the UK athletic complex with a friend. I actually enjoy getting the crazy looks as I cycle through the three bars of death or am lunging around the track for 1/4 mile.

Have you been to any training classes or have an affiliate to work out at?
been doing it at a regular gym.
I've gotten down to visit CFNYC & AlbanyCF. Heading to Albany tommorow Jay is having a clinic(he just got back from the Toronto Cert).
I'm going to the Pitt.Cert in 2 weeks. I also just applied for an affiliate.
post #68 of 72
That's really great. I wish someone would open an affiliate here in Lexington. There is an abundance of places that would be suitable, I just don't have the time to initiate it myself.

Shoot me a private message and let me know how it goes,
Jason
post #69 of 72
Someday I'd like to build up to doing the Crossfit workout (those things are insane!). But until then, I'll stick with:
http://www.simplefit.org

I also like that it requires less equipment than Crossfit. My fiance would kill me if I tried to bring home an Olympic weightlifting set for the apartment :-)
post #70 of 72
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Someday I'd like to build up to doing the Crossfit workout (those things are insane!). But until then, I'll stick with:
http://www.simplefit.org

I also like that it requires less equipment than Crossfit. My fiance would kill me if I tried to bring home an Olympic weightlifting set for the apartment :-)
Thats exactly what we recommend people to start with.
Just keep pushing the intensity and use strict form.Rather you do 1 push up chest to deck than 10 partial ROM. And make sure you time it.I thought there were a few people in truckee that were looking for other crossfitters,so you do have company if you want it.
post #71 of 72
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Someday I'd like to build up to doing the Crossfit workout (those things are insane!).
Also don't forget ,every CF workout is totally scalable.Nobody just walks in and does a workout as Rx'd. Noone expects you to either. The people you see in their vids are 'fire breathers' that have been at it for years.
"the needs of an Olympic athlete and our grandmothers vary by degree not by kind"
post #72 of 72
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Wow, after reading all of the advice given I here I think I have to agree with Al Pacino in the Devils Advocate, "The worst vice is advice."

The only consensus seems to be that working out is generally good and stretching is always good. So I think I'll keep doing what I was doing before!

EDIT: That is, following the training program as laid out in "Fit to Ski & Snowboard" by Rocky Snyder.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fit-Ski-Snow.../dp/0071468994
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