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Anyone used "skier's edge" exercise equipment?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm sure most of you have seen the skier's edge (skiersedge.com) machine in skiing magazines- it mimics the side to side motion of a carve, and I'm wondering if anyone's used it... I'm friends with alot of the staff at my gym and I know I could get them to buy one for the floor if I could get some positive testmonials. Anyone?
post #2 of 15
There are a few threads on this already.

My take (and I don't think the consensus is much different) is that it's a good aerobic work out, it strengthens a bunch of skiing muscles but it's not something to advance your technique.
post #3 of 15
I don't have one myself, but I have access to one and use it to get ready for the season in the fall. Short answer: talk your buddies into getting one. Definitely worth it.

It's probably the best way to work the major skiing muscles in the off season. If you spend some time on it in Oct & Nov you'll be less sore and less fatigued those first couple days out. If you use it throughout the season, your leg strength and your stamina will continue to improve.

However, contrary to their marketing, it probably won't help your ski technique so don't believe that bit of hype. It's an exercise machine that gives your ski muscles a workout - it's no substitute for lessons or actual skiing.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
oh I doubt it will improve technique, I'm just looking for a tool to help keep me in shape in the off season. I know there's no substitute for the real thing but this is probably as close as you can get for targeting muscle groups. I figured since I won't be paying a dime besides my membership fee to use it, it's worth a look... Thanks for the imput guys!
post #5 of 15
I have never used the skiers edge and probably never will. The funny thing is that they are using pics of me skiing in their magazine adds this season. They blanked out my skis in the shots, so I don't even get to collect photo incentive checks from my sponsors! It's weird were stock photos end up getting used!
post #6 of 15
In addition to working skiing related muscles, I find it helps with skills related to tipping, outside leg flexion, quiet upper body, and balance.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
I have never used the skiers edge and probably never will. The funny thing is that they are using pics of me skiing in their magazine adds this season. They blanked out my skis in the shots, so I don't even get to collect photo incentive checks from my sponsors! It's weird were stock photos end up getting used!
Wow man I would place a call to Skier's Edge and demand the alpine model delivered to your door... Even if you're not going to use it you could sell it! It's the least they can do for using your photo and keeping you from getting paid, right?
post #8 of 15
There is a less expensive and much more fun way of staying in shape during the off season - in line skating/rollerblading. IMO, it relates far more to skiing, it works your balance, edging/pressure control, abs, glutes, quads, hamstrings, etc.

Give it a try and i'm sure you'll agree!
post #9 of 15
I haven't ever used one, but really don't see the point in these machines. It would not be as effective as a solid workout with weights and standard gym equipment. Even free weights and a step would be able to give you a better workout.

It doesn't isolate muscle groups, focus on core strength or provide good balance drills.
post #10 of 15
I bought a brand new one for $5.00 at the local thrift shop. At first I was intrigued by the challenge of staying on the thing at the higher levels of tension.

Costs something like $500.00 right?

I realized that the likelihood of me hurting myself on the unit prior to ski season was great. I mothballed it.

I've got numerous 100+ day seasons here in JH and there is only one way to get in shape for skiing. And that is to ski. Alot.

Anybody can have it for what it cost me to box and ship it. But I assume no responsibility if you hurt yourself on it
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post
I bought a brand new one for $5.00 at the local thrift shop. At first I was intrigued by the challenge of staying on the thing at the higher levels of tension.

Costs something like $500.00 right?

I realized that the likelihood of me hurting myself on the unit prior to ski season was great. I mothballed it.

I've got numerous 100+ day seasons here in JH and there is only one way to get in shape for skiing. And that is to ski. Alot.

Anybody can have it for what it cost me to box and ship it. But I assume no responsibility if you hurt yourself on it
I'll buy it from you, if its still avalable. Let me know how much to ship to Wisconsin ,53811. I can send MO, PayPal. or whatever.
Let me know
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well in the summertime I waterski and wakeboard as if I were being paid for it, which helps keeps me in shape but I have to have something to do when it rains...
post #13 of 15
Regarding core strength and balance. I often use mine with ski boots on. That ups the balance requirements alot. Toss the poles and balance is upped again. Use the slope simulator and balance requirements go way up. And there is plenty of core work required to stay on the machine when I'm doing it as described above.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by mtpocketsad View Post
I'll buy it from you, if its still avalable. Let me know how much to ship to Wisconsin ,53811. I can send MO, PayPal. or whatever.
Let me know
Goes to mtpocketsad.
There are several others looking to take it off my hands.

All in all, I'm not going to miss any ski days standing in line at UPS.

If mtpocketsad bails, I'll go down the line in my PM's.

Cheers.

But I can't help but think, You guys really want this thing...?

NOTE: people are upping the ante...shipping AND a few bucks for a nice sixer of brown bottles.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by DoWork View Post
Well in the summertime I waterski and wakeboard as if I were being paid for it, which helps keeps me in shape but I have to have something to do when it rains...
Get some free weights, an aerobic step and a good workout book. You'll get more use, and get in better shape.
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