Skiing is a sport that crosses the line between sheer elation and sheer terror, and the only thing holding you to the right of this line is your own ability to stay upright at speed. Achieving this requires hard-working skills and your muscles to be prepared for the demands of the slopes, so it's important to warm up before skiing.
We asked Team GB freestyle skiers and PT Rowan Cheshire what makes you a day on the mountain and was good enough to do this ten-minute warm-up before skiing. Cheshire takes a resistance band to help warm up. So if you have a spare bag in the ski pants, you know exactly what you need to bring.
10-Minute Ski Warm-Up
Ace In all sports, the benefits of a warm-up are well known and are largely ignored by people who only want to get into the action, but here's a hint Why you should warm up.
"You have to get it the muscles are moving and the blood is flowing around the body," says Cheshire. "This helps to prevent injuries and helps you to drive longer and better."
Better skiing, longer skiing, safe skiing. Roger that? Well. Here's what to do The entire routine should not take more than ten minutes, divided into the following exercises:
Loop the strap around your thighs and stand up with your legs spread open, leaving tension in place Band arises. Bend your knees and push your hips back to squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor, then push them back up.
Hold the strap around your thighs and plunge into another squat. Stay low this time and take small steps forward and backward. You can do this and squat without resistance band if you have not thought of packing one.
"This helps to loosen the hips and allow the blood to flow around your legs," says Cheshire.
When standing, lift one leg and swing it from front to back and from side to side to gradually increase the range of motion. Repeat with the other leg. If you are not balanced, put your skis in the snow and lean on them.
Step out of the stance and lower it until both knees are bent 90 °. Stay deep, bring your hind foot through and step right into another lunge. If you have no space for the walking lunge, the normal lunge is sufficient on the spot.
Any kind of lunge variation helps to prepare your legs for skiing along with the clock lunge. Start with a standard lunge, then jump to the right, then do a reverse lunge and finally a lunge to the left. Or you can run all 12 digits of the clock if you have the time.
This prepares the body for the rotational movements that occur during skiing. Stand with your arms outstretched by the sides and twist your torso from side to side.