The time of year has come when I divide my time between climbing on the last few warm days, skiing after a big snowfall, and training in the gym.
In Vail’s back bowl looking toward Gore Range
My training the past 10 days consisted of:
rock climb at climbing gym
weight lift, gym
ski 5 hours: Loveland demo days - try new skis
hike uphill / jog about 1 hour
hike uphill / jog 2 hours
weight lift, gym
hike / jog about 1 hour
Arapahoe Basin looking toward East Wall
The gym workouts consist of basic weight training with the addition of a few ski-specific exercises, involving jumping, lateral agility movement (more jumping!), core strengthening exercises such as crunches, push ups, or plank, balance training, and quad strengthening exercises.
Unlike Lindsey Vonn, who trains 6 - 8 hours daily, I’m i the gym between 1 - 2 hours. But then, I work as a ski instructor, and she’s a World Champion and Olympic Medalist.
However, for all my ski students, especially the ones from lower altitudes (most of you!), I recommend at least a few days weekly of aerobic exercise, and a few days of strength training.
It’ll make your ski vacation so much more fun, if you can ski all day without being tired halfway through the day, and if your legs aren’t burning after the first few runs.
Today’s a gym day, so I’ll be off to warm up on the exercise bike, and then do my push press, dumb bell rows, leg press, lat pulls, tricep extension, crunches, and push ups.
When my son Tristan arrives for winter break, I’ll add squats ( I like him to spot me for squats initally, to make sure that my form is correct ) and dead lifts.
Enjoy your workouts!