Try these ski specific warm up exercises and make your first run your best run!
In an ideal world your warm up routine should be specific to you. The exercises need to target areas where you feel the attention is most needed. Generally speaking, you need to target areas of the body predominantly exercised when skiing.
Why warm up?
· Performance — You will ski better. Your warm up should help prime the muscle to respond better when skiing. Your range of movement, balance, coordination should all be tested in your routine
· Injury prevention — Should you have an accident or sudden unnatural movement you are far less likely to sustain an injury
· Feel better — If you make your first turn tired, tight and feeling sluggish, it can set a bad precedent for the rest of your day. With a good warm up, you will start where you left off the day before, rather than spending 3–5 runs getting into your grove.
· Mental Advantage — After your warm up you will feel better on your skis, which will raise your confidence and also improve your ability to reach your desired body position on the skis.
Your warm up routine should be specific for you, finding a warm up that is suitable for you is best done by trial and error. My warm up routine will vary depending on my plan for the day. For example, if I have a slalom day I will try to incorporate some tricky exercises to challenge my coordination and balance. I will also see if I can include some explosive and fast movements to help get my fast twitch muscles firing.
The video above shows some great exercises to perform in your morning routine before you hit the slopes
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