Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 5

Feeling strong yet? The fifth move in Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's training program is back extension holds, which keep you strong and stable.
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Feeling strong yet? The fifth move in Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's training program is back extension holds, which keep you strong and stable.
back extension holds

Ski season is getting closer, so at this point you should be working to up your endurance. This week's exercise, back extension holds work your lower back, hamstrings, and glutes. Alex Moore, Strength and Condition Coach for the Ski Teams says that this exercise builds endurance in the muscles of the posterior chain, which have such a vital stabilizing role in skiing. That means you'll be able to ski longer, harder and more smoothly. Moore says to try to hold them for 60-90 seconds, and, if you're really looking for a challenge, you can hold a weight.

For more information about Ligety, Moore, and the rest of the U.S. Ski Team check out www.usskiteam.com.

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