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Recommended exercises for pre-season?

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Hey folks,

I'm looking for a good source of recommended exercises to get into shape for ski season.

A bit about myself. I'm 40, play a few sports but don't have a regular exercise routine because of work and kids activities. Also, I'm 6'4" and my knees are usually extremely sore after a day of skiing.

That said, I do not want to focus only on leg strengthening, but want to increase my core strength as well. I want to set up a program that suits my schedule, so I can begin in the next week or so, but need some advice on the kinds of exercises that will get me ready for ski season

Anyone know of a good site that recommends exercises specifically designed for skiing, even if there is a cost involved?

I found a web site called Ski Exercise Training System (SETS) but don't know how credible this is.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
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post #3 of 12
Hi Luck11! SETS is wonderful! Snowtrainer, who posts here occasionally, is the one who created that system. I am doing a ski fitness page on Examiner.com
which is updated at least three times a week. I have a video of one of the SETS pre-season assessment programs on my site.

Basically, you need to incorporate strength and balance into your routine, along with agility training.
post #4 of 12
You want to try inline skating? it take some time to learn. But its a non-impact sport and should be good for the knees. The movements are very much alike to skiing. So I think would be a good way to work out for the ski season.

btw. since you have extreme knee sore after skiing i would suggest you review your skiing technique. eg. post up here to hear what the experts say. No offence.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Wow, this is all great stuff....very helpful! Thank you for your prompt replies!!
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Carver

My knees have been an issue forever. I have always been very tall, even as a child, with long legs, and my doctors always told me that as a result, that length places a great deal more strain on my knees (due to simple leverage principle). It's my fault for not not maintaining an exercise regime to maintain good flexibility and proper strength in my legs.

I "think" my techique is okay given since I obtained my CSIA level 1 a few years ago, I have had the opportunity to ski and seek the opinions of many fellow level 3 and 4 instructors on how I could improve my techique. I am by no means an awesome skier, but I think I can hold my own. That said, I will consider your advice.

I love to ski, and hope that as my children get older, i will have more time to ski with them, as well as dedicate to instructing other kids, perhaps making it a full-time hobby when I retire from my current line of work. You know, it's sunny and almost 27 degrees today, yet I would do anything to be out on some slopes somewhere. Geez, only if income was not an issue!

Thx again all.
post #7 of 12
Just happen to have one animation of inline emulating skiing.

http://ski.creforum.info/carver_hk/carver_sk.gif
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Originally Posted by luck11 View Post
My knees have been an issue forever. I have always been very tall, even as a child, with long legs, and my doctors always told me that as a result, that length places a great deal more strain on my knees (due to simple leverage principle).
It certainly is an advantage to be tall in the eyes of girls. Medically your doctor's advise must be very true. What I would look for is whether in your skiing you have time excessively use your knee to help you making aggressive turns. With your background I tends to think you might employ your knee too much. I think the more aggressive the turn the less should we use use the knees. Perhaps some experts might jump in to share your view?
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Originally Posted by loboskis View Post
couldn't agree more. thats what i came in here to suggest
post #10 of 12
deh310,
Sorry to veer away from original post,I notice you are from Ct.Do you train at a CF affiliate? If so which one?

T
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I started Crossfit last May. Best thing I ever did after years in a regular gym. It's FUN again to work out. It's also way more effective. Even my grumpy old stiff arthritic knees like it. That was really surprising after the initial soreness went away. Definitely start with the one on one training sessions to learn the moves then hit the classes. You will make a lot of friends and have fun. Get the book Starting Strenght by Mark Rippitoe. It has become my go to guide for getting stronger. It explains the moves for weight lifting and why so you don't get hurt. Again, the best thing I've done to get in shape. I'm 58 and have never been in better shape. Check it out.
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Originally Posted by grumpyof View Post
I started Crossfit last May. Best thing I ever did after years in a regular gym. It's FUN again to work out. It's also way more effective. Even my grumpy old stiff arthritic knees like it. That was really surprising after the initial soreness went away. Definitely start with the one on one training sessions to learn the moves then hit the classes. You will make a lot of friends and have fun. Get the book Starting Strenght by Mark Rippitoe. It has become my go to guide for getting stronger. It explains the moves for weight lifting and why so you don't get hurt. Again, the best thing I've done to get in shape. I'm 58 and have never been in better shape. Check it out.
Rip is great,,Definitely not afraid to speak his mind. Here is a link to some of his wit and wisdom.
http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=29437
Got to get to his Cert soon
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