Want to ski better than ever? Try our preseason strength training fitness plan, and we guarantee you will. fitness plan
After 4-6 weeks of building a base, you'll be ready to add weight, supersets, drop sets and eccentric lifting to your routine. If you can find a partner, great. Having one broadens the number of exercises you can do and can also minimize the time between each set in a drop set or superset. But if you don't have a training partner, no big deal: There are plenty of modified moves you can do on your own (variations are included in the exercise descriptions). The following list of exercises is not intended to be used as a routine. Rather, they are options that can replace some of the exercises in your core routine to help you break through the inevitable weight-lifting plateau that occurs if you never vary your strength-training routine. Use them all or just incorporate a few into your Stage I Program. Remember to warm up for five to 10 minutes with your cardio exercise of choice and to stretch for five to 10 minutes at the end of your workout.
Advanced Core Workouts: Once you've built strength in your abdominals with exercise-ball crunches, it's time to move onto a more diverse core routine. Check out the November 2002 Ski Fit article on core strengthening for ideas.
Congratulations! You're stronger than the average skier and ready for the hill. But if your joints are up to it and you're looking for more challenge, add plyometrics to your regimen for power. Power is strength in relation to speed. In other words, it's what you need to ski bumps, steeps and other obstacle-laden terrain as well—or better—than any of your buddies!