Originally Posted by swisstrader
Actually a pretty sophisticated and very well built and engineered product that's elegant in its simplicity (starting to sound like an infomercial!!).
The beauty of the machine is that it reinforces and builds strength around a lateral motion and it's very tough to find other machines that work the ski muscles as well as the skiers edge does.
If you're dedicated to your sport and want the bet ski-specific workout, I don't know of anything other than the skiers edge that will do that for you. It also happens to be fun once you get on it and get used to it. I hate treadmills, stairclimbers, bowflex, etc...skiers edge is really easy to get hooked on and is pure fun.
You will certainly get a workout in the core leg muscles used for skiing. It should also strenghten the knees. In essence, it is basically a fittness machine that works many of the muscles employed while skiing. I am not knocking the product, just the rediculously absurd price.
Spend $15 a month for a gym fee. Usie the lateral crunch machines at any gym -- will work the same lats and glutes. Alternate reps with bosu ball exercises and lateral hop jumps using steps. You will also have access to all kinds of fittness and weight training gear that compliment and strenghten the entire body, not just the legs.
Purcahse a training ball at WallMart for $7 and do lateral hop jumps at home, jog, and exercise.