Power in the lower legs and feet is crucial for strong skiing. It's also often overlooked in regular pre-season fitness routines. This simple exercise will help you stay forward and in control of your skis. Be sure to consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.
How to do it Place your toes on a step or any raised surface. If necessary, hold the handrail or wall for balance. Raise your heels as high as possible and hold for 3-5 seconds. Then lower your heels as far as you can (the heels should go lower than the step). Progressively increase the range of motion and number of repetitions. Start with 30 and work up to 50.
What it does A combination stretch and strengthener, this exercise works the lower legs, Achilles tendons and feet.
Topper Hagerman and John Atkins, sports medicine consultants and former U.S. Ski Team trainers, run Topper Sportsmedicine in Vail, Colo.