Get Ski Fit
Q I’ve booked a skiing holiday, but it’s a while since I’ve been on the slopes. What exercises can I do that will help me handle a day on the snow? (I’m not a member of a gym, so if they are exercises I could do at home, that would be great.) Jennifer, 31
A: Skiing is deceivingly difficult and requires a lot of core strength. It’s one of those activities that unless you try it you don’t realise how much core stability is required and here are a few exercises to help you on your way...
Floor wipers Lying face-up on the floor, with some sort of weight in your hands to keep your upper body stable, swing your legs from right to left in a V-shape. Continue to do this motion controlling your body weight for up to a minute before resting. Repeat two more times.
Plyometric Ski Jumps Stand straight engaging core muscles using your arms to mimic the ski movement. Jump from side to side, picking up momentum for up to a minute before resting. If a minute is too easy try pushing yourself for 2 without rest. It strengthen legs, glutes and core.
Plyometric Jump Squats Help strengthen legs and glutes without using any weight, but your own! Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and back straight, then take a squat position. Jump as high as you can controlling your weight on the way down to avoid impact. Aim for 30 reps without resting. If you feel technique is being effected stop and start again.
BSc Sports Science and Education. Voted SHAPE’s Personal Trainer of the Year 2011.