Muscle groups used in skiing are completely different to standard gym cardio, which means injuries can be commonplace on the slopes. With the right ski workout in the weeks leading up to a trip, you can avoid those aches, strains and pains.
You need to be well balanced on your skis, with strong knees, quads and glutes to carve that perfect ‘S’ on the slopes. From ankle flexibility to skiing symmetry, these ski workout exercises condition the most-used areas while on your skis, so you can take to the mountain in confidence and reduce your risk of injury.
Target your glutes, hamstrings, and other muscles in your lower body needed for skiing. The side-to-side movements replicate those used on the slopes, so you can avoid pulling muscles on or off piste.
This ski exercise works virtually every muscle in the body, but focuses on your back muscles and combats your core strength for the perfect preventative move.
When you’re skiing, you’re constantly rotating and pivoting, sometimes using just one leg – so nail your single-leg strength and go easier on your knees with skaters.
The muscles on the front of your thigh – your quadriceps – are crucial for allowing movement of the knees during ski season. Shifting your weight allows them to work harder and strengthen-up ready for the snow.
Strong and stable squats are paramount to developing the quad, glute, knee and hamstring power needed for skiing. This exercise makes them explosive, with a jump in between each move.
Challenge your core to this plank variation. As well as working the lower body, you’ll also be conditioning your arms, wrists and shoulders, improving your ski posture and flexibility to maneuver those poles.
Add some resistance to your plank and engage all major core muscle groups by walking your arms forward and then back again.
From the hips to the knees, this lunge variation provides stability just as much as it harnesses symmetry.
Winter workouts are great to reconnect with nature and get your mind and body into better shape. But before you head out into the snowy white mountains, you need to be properly prepared.