Pre Season Fitness For Winter 2015

06 June 2015

Skiing, snowboarding and fitness....getting ready for 2015!

Do you change your fitness plan in the lead up to a ski holiday?

Whether you decide to increase your workouts or just warm up with a yoga session before you hit the slopes, I would risk a bet and say more than 50% of skiers and snowboarders don’t change their usual fitness routines prior to a trip to the snow.... and for those of us with no real summer workout plan that’s not a good thing. The thought of being on snow for up to eight hours can sound like exercise enough in itself but we’ve heard a rumour that pre season fitness is the key to your best winter yet! Scott Fauctt, M.D. assistant professor at George Washington University and a team doctor for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams believes once we all realise the pre and post skiing benefits, stretches in the car park will be all part of the usual routine.

Being a skier or snowboarder requires a lot of energy both physically and mentally but the enjoyment and freedom is worth every ounce of effort. Its true to say there is nothing quite as rewarding as watching the sun set over your tracks after a long day skiing, feeling exhausted, alive and thirsty.... Faucett, believes snowboarding is better for your core. “You’re locked into your board,” he says, “so you have to rely on the core muscles more for balance.” Skiing, meanwhile, is better for your quads, hamstrings, and especially the muscles of your ankles and calves, because moguls and obstacles can appear suddenly, and the ability to react quickly is crucial. “Regardless of which you’re doing, though, it’s important to have enough muscular strength,” says Faucett. Fitness is one of your best defences against injury. “In the end, both are a good reason to hit the squat rack!”

So if you are a season pass holder or planning your first ski holiday keep in mind the key to maximizing your holiday enjoyment is to consider your body before you go. Some spots in Sydney and Melbourne such as Bend + Mend even offer special pre snow fitness classes but for anyone happy to build strength at home, Joe Bilau, M.P.T., of Kalispell Regional Healthcare in Kalispell says “Focus on glute and hip abductor muscles because these two muscle groups assist in maintaining proper knee alignment reducing the risk of knee injuries”.

Check out his ski-specific workout and see how easy it is to get your knees in shape for this winter!

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