For sure this new skiing is fun, exciting and causes an adrenaline rush but let us not forget it still requires good level of strength alongside cardiovascular fitness.
The COG can be considered as the link between the upper and the lower body. In other words, each movement must be strong and controlled to create the efficacy of the movement, which all originate from this COG. That’s why the waist area, otherwise known as the Core, must be trained to manage the forces transmitted by the kinetic chain of the body muscles.
5 exercises to train the ‘core’
Why not using some basic principles of ski training to do some home exercises during this period? A top skier like Peter Fill has to face strong dynamic forces when carving on snow which can inspire confidence in “holding the edge”.
These 5 simple exercises allow you to train your core muscles safely and effectively. At the same time they can give you an idea of your condition in terms of core stability: if you are not able to execute an exercise properly it is a sign that your core is not properly trained; you have some weakness that should be identified and compensated.
1. Trunk Extension
Stretch out prone with your arms along your hips and legs outstretched. Contract the lumbar region, lift the chest and shoulders a few inches off the ground, while lifting the legs as well. If you want to increase the intensity of the exercise, do it with your arms outstretched forward. Hold the position for 10 seconds.
- Perform 5 reps.
2. Lumbar muscle stretching
With your knees resting on the ground, wear your gluteal muscles on your heels. Move your hands forward, arms outstretched in front of you. Relax your torso on your thighs, with your forehead resting on the ground. Perform slow and controlled breathing trying to inflate the belly during the inhalation phase.
- Hold this position for 1 minute to stretch your lumbar muscles.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet resting on the width of your pelvis. Bring your arms along your hips and bend your legs. Bringing your arms along your hips bend your legs. Push the pelvis up and contract the glutes while avoiding loading the body weight on the neck. Execute the exercise dynamically but very slowly. Once reached the upper position hold statically for 3 seconds before coming back to the starting position (glutes on the floor).
- Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.
4. Alternate Arm Leg Raise
In a quadruped position with hands in line with shoulders and knees bent at 90°. Your back is straight and your pelvis is aligned. Extend one arm forward by bringing the shoulder closer to the ear and at the same time, stretch the opposite leg behind you to the level of the pelvis. Return to the starting position and repeat the movement with the opposite leg and arm.Once the position is reached maintain a perfect alignment between the extended arm and leg. Hold 5 seconds before coming back to the starting position (quadruped).
- Perform 5 reps for each side.
Lie on your back with your elbows under your shoulders and your legs outstretched. Lift your torso to form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Tighten the abdominals and contract the buttocks while holding the position.
It is important to execute the exercise correctly. Maintain a perfect alignment between shoulder and glutes; the lumbar spine needs to be straight and the pelvis should not drop. If you lose control of the position and your pelvis drops down stop the exercise and rest for a while. Hold the position for 15 seconds.
- Perform 5 reps.
Do not forget basic aerobic conditioning
Obviously, the most consistent part of the training session will be devoted to strength training with the aim of developing maximal strength and explosive power using barbell, dumbbells or isotonic machines. A valid and innovative solution is that of using Technogym Skillrun or Skillbike, these ‘aerobic machines’ feature an innovative modality that is very close to alpine ski needs. These machines, thanks to their innovative ‘passive’ functions can be used to execute high intensity strength training sessions involving the lower body kinetic chain involved in ski in a very functional way.