It's the time of the year again when I know that you're looking at your calendars and trying to find the perfect weekend to get to a secluded place where the weather is much cooler and you have countless hours of uninterrupted skiing enjoy the family & friends.
Although skiing is a great thing, it's also a very hard activity that can physically and mentally push you to the limit and we need to make sure that you are well prepared to put your body to the test. Often, when people are thinking about preparing for an activity like skiing, it's obvious that you just have to focus on your lower body to train and prepare for your journey. The best thing you can do to be truly prepared for your skating skills is to train your entire body to strengthen deficiencies that help prevent injury. Whether you're new to skiing or an experienced skier, remember that you'll be physically and mentally challenged in various ways on your ski tour. Therefore, preparing for you is the key to a fun and total safety experience in the snow.
So make sure you have a wonderful and safe time during your ski tour by completing the following 5 total gym fit exercises to help you get fit for the ski season:
Start in a deep squat position with your feet on the foot platform of your Total Gym Fit. Put your hands to your side, in the air, under your buttocks or just where you feel most comfortable. Jump up from this position with both feet as high as possible and land with both feet on the platform. Repeat this sequence to complete the first repetition. You can then repeat the movement to complete the sentence. (2 sets of 1
Two-Point Seated Leg Swing
Place your left foot on the foot platform with your core firmly seated and the Total Gym Fit seated well and straight. Perform a one-legged squat on your left leg and, as you return from your squat, step up your right leg as high as possible. Perform another squat on your left leg, this time on your way back from the squat. Kick your right leg as far to the right as possible. After both kicks have been performed on one leg, this is considered a repeat. Repeat this sequence as smoothly as possible by alternating the two directions on your leg to get the desired number of repetitions. Make sure that you do all the repetitions on one side before switching and repeating with the other leg. (2 sets of 10 reps in each direction per leg)
Place your hands on the foot platform. Move easily with outstretched legs in front of you. Stretch your arms and keep your elbows slightly bent to tighten the triceps and elbow joints. Slowly bend your elbows to lower your body to the floor until your elbows are at an angle of 90 degrees. Be sure to keep your back near the foot platform. When you reach the end of the movement, push into the bank to keep your elbows straight and return to the starting position. This completes a repetition. Keep your shoulders down while lowering your body. Please note that you can bend your legs slightly to change this exercise and make the exercise a little easier. (2 sets of 10 reps)
Tilt Push Up
Stand up against the foot platform of your Total Gym Fit. Place your hands on the edge of the foot platform, slightly wider than the shoulder width. Position the forefoot of the foot platform with straight arms and body. Lower yourself slowly and in a controlled manner. Push your body up until your arms are outstretched to complete the first repetition. (2 sets of 15 repetitions)
Standing Squat & Side Stretch
Start in stand-up mode with your right foot on the foot platform and your left foot on the ground. Slowly descend in a squat on your left foot. If you do, your right foot should raise the board towards your Total Gym Fit. When your body returns from the squat, slowly lower the foot platform to its starting position. Repeat this sequence to complete the first repetition, then repeat the exercise to complete the sentence. (2 sets of 15 reps with each leg)