Not every skier is a pre-teen jibster with joints like Gumby. If you’re more towards middle age than 20-something, check out some tips to help you stay strong on the slopes from Dr. Tom Vangsness, skier and Chief of Sports Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California.
What can older skiers do to make sure that they don’t injure themselves skiing? First, skiing is a sport that demands physical fitness and joint flexibility. If you’re sedentary and don’t exercise, then don’t expect to simply walk out of your office and onto the slopes, at least not without dramatically increasing your risk to injury. To ski safely—and I would add enjoyably—the body must be in shape.
Feeling strong yet? The fifth move in Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's training program is back extension holds, which keep you strong and stable.
Ski season is getting closer, so at this point you should be working to up your endurance. This week's exercise, back extension holds work your lower back, hamstrings, and glutes. Alex Moore, Strength and Condition Coach for the Ski Teams says that this exercise builds endurance in the muscles of the posterior chain, which have such a vital stabilizing role in skiing. That means you'll be able to ski longer, harder and more smoothly. Moore says to try to hold them for 60-90 seconds, and, if you're really looking for a challenge, you can hold a weight.
We're more than halfway through Ted's training program. This week he's focusing on glute-hamstring raises, which work the whole back of your leg.
The fourth step in Ted Ligety's training programs is glute-hamstring raises. Alex Moore, his coach says this challenging move builds strength in the entire chain of muscles that run down the backs of your leg. It's particularly good for the hamstrings, which help prevent ACL injuries. If the exercise is too hard at first try hamstring curls, and if you're really strong, try them with weight.
Julia Mancuso tells us about training with Kristen Ulmer and how her mind powers her body.
Kristen Ulmer’s Ski to Live clinics (featured in our October issue) have helped skiers like like Julia Mancuso hone the mental aspects of their skiing. The Olympic gold medalist and burgeoning big mountain skier told us about training with Ulmer and how it helped her focus on the course.
The best skiers are already perfectly aligned—skeletons that stack up in perfect balance over a carving edge. The rest of us—the bow-legged, the knock-kneed—muddle through with skis that feel either too edgy or not edgy enough. The solution: Take your body in for an alignment. We did just that with two guinea pigs, to see if even longtime skiers can still improve their game with a simple equipment fix. And yes, they can.
By John Balmain, with Bob Gleason
When I was asked to become involved in this Alignment/Movement makeover I immediately thought, “Great, a chance to work with Bob Gleason. I’ll definitely learn something about bootfitting!” Bob is consistently acknowledged as the No. 1 bootfitter in Telluride, Colo., and one of the best in the nation. In his work for Masterfit University, he helps to train bootfitters across the country.
The first episode in a six-part workout series from Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team. This week's exercise: weighted squat jumps.
Over the next six weeks Ted Ligety, Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup giant slalom champ, will show us six different exercises he does to get into shape for ski season. This week's exercise: weighted squat jumps.
Vonn won best female athlete and best female U.S. Olympian on a night filled with snowsports stars.
Lindsey Vonn won female athlete of the year at the 2010 ESPYs, knocking out Serena Williams, basketball player Diana Taurasi, and others.Vonn’s success on the World Cup circuit over the 2009-10 season, and her dominant performances at the Vancouver Olympic games earned her the title of best female athlete, as well as best Olympic female athlete.