Strength, balance, and coordination are all integral parts of ski conditioning. When you stand on or hold onto the vibrating platform of the Power Plate—the centerpiece of a new fitness trend called acceleration training—minute oscillations trigger your muscles to contract up to 50 times per second. Incorporate stretches and dynamic exercises to further increase your muscles’ workload. Suddenly, two sets of 10 squats feels like three sets of 20. “We use Power Plate training for skiers, including members of the U.S. Ski Team, to increase their strength and power, flexibility and mobility,” says John Cole, director of human performance at the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. A plate of your own would set you back a cool $2,500. Luckily, they’re popping up at gyms and wellness facilities around the country.
To find a plate near you visit: powerplate.com