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Racers' Training Programs

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Just curious what you folks do, specifically off-season, and/or what others know is done, at any level from college racing to World Cup. Have read what some countries have their skiers leg-pressing, etc., and I'm sure everyone's big on aerobic conditioning, along with newer, more specialized (creative) routines. Curious about specifics. What are CORE exercises? Do teams gear training more individually, or is it drill camp, all-in-the-same-boat-type stuff?

I recall seeing video of the U.S. team, summer "dryland," doing all sorts of jumping/tumbling/landing drills, with unique variations on movement aimed at, say, BALANCE, or EXPLOSIVENESS, or REACTION TIME, etc. Looked as if science/art had finally gotten its foot in the door and informed a shift from the (old) tried and true to activities more out of the box.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ April 11, 2002 12:51 PM: Message edited 2 times, by ryan ]</font>
post #2 of 5
Ryan- you can get alot of info direct from the US ski team at their website.

But as an overview- YES! All of the above.
Lots of endurance, strength, power, agility, quickness, balance.

When Jonny Moseley kicked butt on Kordell Stewart on one of those televised sport star programs, even the NFL started looking at how we train athletes.

Good luck!
post #3 of 5
Mosely goes bass fishing in the summer.
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I personally start my training about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks after I am done with ski season. I personally just like to have some time off from physical activity and relax. The U.S. Ski Team site is a good place to go to figure out what they are doing in the off season.

I personally have a routine that involves running and cycling, a series of sport specific (skiing) plyometrics, strength training, and some weight training. All of this topped with a good knowledge of nutrition and what the body needs to function correctly at a very high activity rate. However, I do not forget about rest. Rest days are some of the most important when training. Rest is when your body builds more muscle. If you are constantly training and breaking down muscle then it takes much longer to reach your next level. I must say this regement of mine is practicly like a second job. Yours doesn't need to be this way.

I would recommend starting off slow. Increase your level of activity every couple of weeks but not by much. What I mean is if you are riding 10 miles on a bike the first week, add 3 to 5 mile the next week or two. If you are weight traning add 5 pounds every couple of weeks. When working with weights I go for high reps. not a lot of weight. I personally am not looking for to much muscle mass. More tonality.

If nothing else just walk for at least 20 minutes a day. You will be surpised at even just walking will do for you.

post #5 of 5
Check out the link in my Dryland Training.. thread in Fitness and Health
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