If you’re into winter sports like snowboarding, skiing and snowshoeing, you know just how much of a toll they can take on your body. If you don't properly prepare for the slopes, you'll likely suffer an injury. Let's take a look at some specific exercises that will get you “slope ready.”
If you can avoid harsh falls while skiing, you'll have a good chance at maintaining your health. To strengthen your lower body, incorporate single-leg squats. Begin by standing with your feet aligned with your hips. Bend your left knee and move your weight over to your right leg. Perform a squat. Perform the exercise in reps of 10 on each side for 4 total sets.
Anyone who has cross-country skied will testify that it is much more demanding than it looks. It taxes your entire upper body and lower body. To enhance your upper body strength, perform a cable pushdown. Use a resistance tube or a FreeMotion machine's arms at the peak position. Face it with your feet aligned with your shoulders. Hold the handles in line with your head, bend your elbows and have your palms face one another. Pull down, allow your elbows to move backward and then resume the beginning position. Perform the cable pushdown 10 times in sets of 3.
Snowboarding works the entire body and demands precise coordination. Make use of a stability ball to build your core. Take things a step further and prepare your abdominal muscles and lumbar back muscles for action by incorporating a wobble plank. If you are looking for a snowboarding-specific exercise, begin in the regular push-up position and place your feet on a pillow. Align your wrists beneath your shoulders and remain in this position for a full minute. Take a breather and perform the exercise 3 more times.
Snowshoeing really taxes the legs. Prepare for the rigors of snowshoeing with the StairMaster challenge. Start out at level 1 and allow yourself to ease into your workout for a few minutes. Boost the resistance every few minutes. After 10 minutes, return to level 1 for a cool down period. If you don't have access to a StairMaster, climb your home or apartment steps instead.
While the exercises outlined above will help you prepare for winter sports, they are no substitute for the experience and advice of an accomplished personal trainer like Ralph Roberts in Amarillo. He'll help you incorporate exercises that are specific to the winter sport(s) you love, sculpt your body and increase your confidence.
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