Get Fit with the U.S. Ski Team: Drop Jumps

In part two of our six-week training series, Hailey Duke, member of the U.S. Ski Team, demonstrates drop jumps.
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Week 1: Box Clean Pulls

Week 2: Drop Jumps

Week 3: Front Squats

Week 4: RDL's

Week 5: Heavy Half Squats

Week 6: Single-Leg RDL's

This is a great exercise for developing power, which forces the athlete to overcome significant amounts of eccentric forces, while reducing the total number of ground impacts. Do three sets of five jumps for maximum benefit.

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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.