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US Ski Team’s 5 Essential Ski Training Exercises

Pre-Season Workouts for Snowboarders

boarderHave you ever gone snowboarding and felt so sore the next day that you didn’t want to get out of bed? If not, consider yourself lucky. If you have then this is the blog for you. Snowboarding is a very physical sport and should be treated it as such. You’ll want to start conditioning your body two to three months prior to your first day on the slopes in order to avoid injuries and sore muscles. Here are a few things you can do to make that first day on the slopes a whole lot easier on your body.

First, get in some cardio. You can choose anything from running and hiking to jumping rope. A cardio workout will help you with your stamina and you’ll be able to board all day instead of getting tired at lunchtime. Do a cardio workout at least three times a week for thirty minutes and you should be able to board the entire day.

Next, work on those abs with some good old-fashioned sit-ups. This will help you get from a sitting position to a standing position on your board without wearing yourself out. There is no limit on how many sit-ups you need to be doing. 30-50 a day is a good range, but you can do as many as you please.
calf raises
Calf raises are another great way to prep your body for boarding. Your calves play an important roll in snowboarding because they help you turn and stop. Again, you can do as many of these as you want, but thirty of these three times a day will make your boarding experience a whole lot easier.

wall squats


Last, you’ll want to strengthen your thighs and back. This will help with carving and keep your thigh muscles from burning at the end of a run. You can do wall squats to strengthen both your back and thigh muscles at the same time. Lean against a wall and position your knees at a ninety degree angle with your body Keep your back straight with the wall. The longer you can hold this position, the better. Try holding it for one minute and work your way up from there.

Note: Be sure to stretch before you get on the lift to prevent muscle stiffness. That’s it! You’re ready to go boarding!




Burn Off Those Holiday Calories!

It’s easy for everyone to overeat during the holidays. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, Christmas, and New Year’s, we sometimes forget to watch what we eat. Luckily, there are answers to burning those calories off that don’t involve going to the gym. In fact, the whole family can join in on these activities! Are you ready for them? They are cross country skiing and snowshoeing! cross country skiing 12.30.13That’s right! Adults can burn around five-hundred and fifty calories while snowshoeing and seven-hundred while cross country skiing! Kids weighing around seventy pounds can burn around two-hundred calories during either of these activities. The best part about these activities is that you can do them almost anywhere, weather permitting of course. Visit your local sports shop and ask for maps that show the hiking trails in the area. These help in the planning of a cross country skiing adventure! snowshoeing 12.30.13

Snowshoes are more versatile than cross country skis because you can walk just about anywhere. The whole family can take these out if you’re not looking to stay on any specific trails. Either way you’re sure to have a good time and burn a few calories no matter which sport you choose!

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US Ski Team’s 5 Essential Ski Training Exercises

It’s never too early (or late… for you pint-lifters out there) to begin training for ski season. In fact, efficient getting and staying fit for skiing is a year-round activity if you want to avoid injury, improve your skiing and get the best out of your ski day.

U.S. Ski Team athletes in Park City, Utah, built an exercise routine you can do at home or in the gym. These exercises are simple but highly effective leg and core strengtheners that serve as staples of any routine.

Check out the following video provided by OntheSnow.com :