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Medicine Ball Twists

Core Fitness

Use these exercises to develop your abdominal and oblique muscles, which help keep you upright no matter the terrain or snow condition.

Lateral Flexion/ Extension Hop

The Last Plateau: Smooth and Steady (Fitness)

To change the way you perform on the mountain, you must reprogram your body to move in new ways. And the more you’ve done it the old way, the harder you have to work—both physically and mentally—to adapt to the new. These dryland drills will not only boost your strength, stability and mobility, they’ll also train your neuromuscular system for efficient technique that’s flowing, not forced.

Grapevine

The Last Plateau: Power Through Edging (Fitness)

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.

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Get Fit with the U.S. Ski Team: Heavy Half Squats

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.

Shuffle Box Drill

The Last Plateau: Turn Anytime, Anywhere (Fitness)

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.