Winter is officially here!
Does this mean the end of the morning margarita? Absolutely not. It has simply transformed into an Après Ski Margarita as we head into the beautiful winter months.
You know what else we love about winter? The sports. It’s time to retire the surfboards, pack away the volleyballs and get ready to ski, snowboard, and ice skate!
The winter sport possibilities are endless. However, before cosplaying as Kate Middleton and Prince William on the Swiss Alps, you’ll have to make sure you’re in the best shape to prevent injuries and improve things like stability, strength, and balance.
Why Should You Train Before Winter Sports?
With any sport, you’ll want to make sure that your body is capable of handling the stress it may undergo during and after performance. The same muscles you use to ski are not the same muscles you’ll use to ice skate, so it’s important that you’re preparing these specific muscles ahead of time.
Start preparing for your ski vacation now! Whether you’re hitting the slopes in two months or two days, join a gym and start using these exercises as your official winter sports training guide.
Training Guide for Snowboarding
If you’re planning on cruisin’ down the slopes this year, you’ll want to get in proper form to prevent any serious (or just slightly embarrassing) wipe-outs.
Snowboarding requires strong ankles and legs to handle everything from steering to rotation and balance. These workouts will help increase muscle power, stamina, and cardiovascular health that will prevent injuries and improve range of motion.
Snowboarding Training Exercises
- Hip Roll Exercise – for hips and knees
- Walking Lunge – for glutes, quads, hamstrings, and abs
- Squat – for glutes
- Plank – for abdominal muscles
- Wide push-up – for chest, upper body, and abdominals
Training Guide for Skiing
Aside from forgetting to bring your “I love big dumps” t-shirt with you, a lot of common mistakes skiers make is forgetting to properly train ahead of time. This can lead to ACL tears and knee injuries.
These exercises are designed to help with balance, coordination, and flexibility allowing for an easier shift in weight during turns. So, grab your 80s neon ski suit and get ready for ski training: Fitness World edition.
Ski Training Exercises
- Walking Lunges – for glutes, quads, and hamstrings
- Lateral Ski Jump – for glutes, quads, and hamstrings
- Plank – for abdominal muscles
- Hip Clock – for hips & core
- Superman – for obliques & lower back
Training Guide for Ice Skating
Don’t deny it, your favourite part of the Winter Olympics is ice skating. There’s something so exciting about ice skating that it feels almost unreal.
How do they do that? Well, with a lot of training!
Ice skating requires balance, flexibility, and muscle strength. Because of this, you’ll want to do exercises that boost stability, strength, and cardiovascular health.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Ice Skating Training Exercises
- Standing Leg Lifts – for hip abductors & outer thighs
- Planks – for abdominals
- Sit Ups – for engaging the core
- Mountain Climbers – for upper body, chest, and core
- Crunches – for abdominals
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Let us help you get in tip-top shape for your skiing vacation in Aspen or to skate around your neighborhood ice rink. We’ve got the equipment, plan, and trainers here to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!
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