No one works harder to get strong for skiing than the freeskiing athletes who are looking to prove themselves at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Halfpipe master Jen Hudak and the U.S. Freeskiing team coaches put together this six-move workout that'll beat you into ski shape.
This exercise complex develops strength and balance in the posterior chain (glutes, low-back, hamstrings). Development and strengthening of the posterior chain, particularly the hamstrings, is very important for preventing ACL injuries, a common injury among freeskiers.
This exercise develops explosive power in the hips, glutes, and legs. A quick, explosive jump is the ultimate expression of lower-body power. These weighted jumps demand a forceful triple extension of the hips, knees, and ankles, and are a great teaching progression for anyone interested in Olympic lifting (clean, jerk, snatch) or anyone wishing to train a traditional Clean or explosive exercise with minimal equipment.
This exercise develops the musculature of the upper body, shoulders, low back, and core. While upper body strength is an important part of overall fitness and body balance, what makes this exercise great is the development of whole-body stability and core strength.
This exercise develops single-leg strength, balance, and mobility in the hips. Single-leg strength is animportant element of greeskiing, and the additional stress of inline balance while strength training is a unique combination in one exercise.
This exercise develops explosive power with an element of dynamic balance and body control. The lateral movement requires hip and core strength combined with a traditional jumping motion, where the athlete must maintain body control and equal balance of the feet.