Get ski fit with one simple piece of kit

10th November 2016, by Ollie Martin

If you get fit for skiing, you'll get more out of your holiday. Photo: Crystal Ski Holidays

If you get fit for skiing, you'll get more out of your holiday. Photo: Crystal Ski Holidays

With the ski season looming, it’s time to get fit — you’ll get more out of your holiday and avoid injury. The stability ball is one of the cheapest and most versatile pieces of equipment to help you get fit. For ski fitness it is extra useful as it helps stabilise and strengthen your core muscles and it works on your balance.

Here are some sample exercises (below) that you can incorporate into a ski circuit session either at home or in the gym. Note the ‘balance’ of exercises, working on your front then your back, working your legs and then your arms and working in all three planes of motion. This helps create a postural balance and strength balance in your body.

For more information on these exercises including detailed exercise descriptions, technique videos and progressive programmes visit skifitness.tv


Skier jackknife

 


Leg curl



Press up



Power crunch



Lower abdominal



Two-ball press-up



Russian twist




Core rollout



Kneeling balance



Standing balance

 


Ollie Martin is a sports scientist, a CHEK Practitioner and has 20 years of experience coaching athletes. He played semi-professional rugby union, is a Ski Club GB ‘Gold’ skier and spends much of his time ‘playing’ in the Alps. Author of Uncommon Sense: A Practical Guide to Health, Weight Loss & Vitality and Ski Fitness, Ollie is based at his assessment and performance facility, in Surrey, UK.

 



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