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Don’t forget to warm up the upper body before hitting the hill. It is in constant use while you ski, especially in moguls and steeps. The Shoulder Stretch loosens the entire shoulder area, enhancing upper-body flexibility and endurance.
How To Do It Stand with your right side facing a doorjamb and your feet shoulder-width apart. Grasp the doorjamb with your right hand at shoulder height, and very slowly rotate the upper body away from the door until you feel a comfortable stretch. Hold for 15 seconds. Do three repetitions on each side.
What It Does The Shoulder Stretch warms up the shoulders and chest.
Topper Hagerman and John Atkins, sports medicine consultants and former U.S. Ski Team trainers, run Topper Sportsmedicine in Vail, Colo. Have a fitness question? E-mail Topper and John at firstname.lastname@example.org