The Ski Jump Stretch

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It's two weeks before your first ski trip of the season. If you need a last-ditch move to limber up your legs, try the Ski Jump Stretch. Developed by European ski jumpers, it stretches the back of the legs, which is crucial for making strong, balanced turns.

How To Do It Face a door and grip the doorknob with both hands. Put the ball of your left foot up against the door, and, keeping your left heel on the floor, pull your chest toward the door. Hold for 15 seconds and switch legs. Do three repetitions on each leg.

What It Does The Ski Jump Stretch loosens the back of your lower leg, from the calf all the way through the Achilles tendon.Topper Hagerman and John Atkins, sports medicine consultants and former U.S. Ski Team trainers, run Topper Sportsmedicine in Vail, Colo.

Have afitness question? E-mail Topper and John at thagerman@skinet.com .