Way back in the 1980s, in preparation for our family’s semi-annual long-weekend ski trips to the Berkshires, my father and I would stand against the wall with our knees bent and our thighs parallel to the floor. The goal was to stay like that for as long as you could—a minute, if possible—to strengthen your quads for those icy Massachusetts blues. Oh, how I miss the good old days….
Here’s what we do at Boulder CrossFit to prepare for ski season: 100 jumping lunges. (To be clear: One lunge means one on each leg. So 100 is, technically, 200.) One day this week, the workout was five rounds of 10 pull-ups, 15 goblet squats and 20 walking lunges. But because that was, apparently, not hard enough, some people decided jumping lunges were a better idea. And because you can’t be the only sissy doing walking lunges while everyone else is jumping, jump I did.
Goblet squats are done holding a kettlebell upside down by the round part, as though you’re cradling a goblet of some seriously heavy nectar. After 10, you kind of want to cry. And then you do five more. And then you start with the jumping lunges.
To me, this kind of workout better represents what skiing is like today versus what skiing was like in the ’80s – instead of the slow schuss, today’s skiing is all about quick chops and jump turns, and the ability to react quickly to whatever the mountain throws at you.
My season won’t officially start until mid-January, after we pull out of all this holiday madness, so I can’t say yet if those lunges will help my skiing. Two days after this workout, though, my 12-year-old arthritic Dalmatian was practically dragging me down the street as I limped along behind him. So I’m pretty sure I could now sit chairless against the wall for longer than my dad.