Heavy half squats increase demand on the hip musculature while eliminating the limitations of the muscles acting on the knee in deep ranges of motion. This exercise is a good one for in-season maintenance because it keeps the athletes strong while reducing muscle soreness.
In sports-think, it’s usually best to consider the body as one unit with different parts that work together. Technically, that concept is true for skiing, too. But until you’ve nailed PSIA-perfect technique, it can be helpful to think of your upper and lower body as independent units. These exercises teach you to do just that, as well as develop the lower-body agility and coordination you need for quick, powerful turns.
Part of being a great skier is knowing you can always get better. The key isn’t just to build strength or speed, but rather to fine-tune the base you’ve already built, pushing for greater angles, quicker movements, more flexibility and increased stability. Use these exercises to develop the speed, stability and range of motion necessary for counterbalancing and putting your skis on edge early in the turn.