Pre-Season Workout with Jen Hudak: Week Two

US Freeskiing athlete Jen Hudak takes us through six exercises she does to get fit for skiing. Step two: Lateral box jumps.
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Jen Hudak, and the rest of the U.S. Freeskiing athletes are already in training for the season. This is the second of six exercises that the coaches at the U.S. Ski Team's Center of Excellence in Park City put together for Hudak. You can play along at home.This week's exercise is lateral box jumps, which Jen says simulate the need for equal weight on both of your skis when you're in the pipe. We say that translates to any kind of skiing.

For step-by-step tips on how to get this move right, click here.


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Pre Season Workout with Jen Hudak: Lateral Box Jumps

This exercise develops explosive power with an element of dynamic balance and body control. The lateral movement requires hip and core strength combined with a traditional jumping motion, where the athlete must maintain body control and equal balance of the feet.

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Pre season workout with Jen Hudak: Crossover lunges

This exercise develops single-leg strength, balance, and mobility in the hips. Single-leg strength is animportant element of greeskiing, and the additional stress of inline balance while strength training is a unique combination in one exercise.

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Pre-Season Workout with Jen Hudak: Weighted Dumbell Jumps

This exercise develops explosive power in the hips, glutes, and legs. A quick, explosive jump is the ultimate expression of lower-body power. These weighted jumps demand a forceful triple extension of the hips, knees, and ankles, and are a great teaching progression for anyone interested in Olympic lifting (clean, jerk, snatch) or anyone wishing to train a traditional Clean or explosive exercise with minimal equipment.