Winter is almost here and with rumours of the lifts opening in Verbier this weekend we cannot wait to get on skis again! As passionate advocates for all things skiing, we firmly believe in pre-season training so you’re not just ready to hit the slopes but to conquer them! To help you achieve peak performance and safety on the mountain, let’s explore a range of exercises that will get your body in top form for your ski adventure – and the best part is, you can do them all in the comfort of your home.
1. Squats / Squat Jumps
Squats are the foundation of a strong lower body. Whether you’re carving through groomed trails or conquering moguls, powerful leg muscles are your best friend. Add squat jumps to the mix for a dynamic workout that enhances your explosive strength, mimicking the bursts of power you need on the slopes. A simple chair or stable surface can assist you in maintaining proper form while at home.
2. Lunges / Jumping Lunges
Lunges target your quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. These are the muscle groups that enable you to maintain balance and control while skiing. Integrate jumping lunges for an extra challenge, which also works on your agility. A small cleared area in your living room or a hallway is all you need to get started.
3. Wall Sits
Picture yourself riding a long piste with ease and grace. Wall sits build the endurance and strength in your quadriceps, helping you endure long sessions on the slopes. Find a sturdy wall, and you’re good to go.
4. Mountain Climbers
Skiing is a full-body workout, and core strength is essential. Mountain climbers work your core while also boosting your cardiovascular fitness, making them a versatile exercise for ski preparation. A yoga mat or a soft surface will provide the ideal setup.
5. Side Plank
Stability is key when navigating steep descents or icy terrain. Side planks work your obliques, which are crucial for maintaining a strong core and good posture on the mountain.
6. Russian Twist
The Russian twist is a fantastic exercise for improving your rotational strength. This motion is essential for smooth transitions when skiing, especially in tricky conditions.
7. Bird Dogs
Balance and stability are paramount for skiers. Bird dogs work on your core and your ability to control your movements. You’ll find these skills invaluable when you’re tackling varying slopes and terrains.
While burpees are a full-body exercise, they also help boost your cardiovascular fitness. Skiing often involves bursts of intense effort, followed by short recoveries. Burpees replicate this pattern and help enhance your endurance on the slopes.
It’s important to note that skiing isn’t just about physical fitness; it’s also about technique. So, while these exercises will undoubtedly improve your strength and stamina, it’s equally crucial to hone your skiing skills under professional guidance.
Altitude Futures is ready to help you combine your physical preparation with expert tutoring. With these exercises and our training, you’ll be fully prepared to tackle the slopes and make the most of your course. Get ready for an exhilarating, safe, and memorable season in Verbier!