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Ski Fitness

Find information on ski fitness, skiing fitness, ski training, ski exercises, skiing exercises, conditioning for skiing and more from SKI Magazine

Stuff We Like: Kinesiology Athletic Tape

Sticky stuff to extend your ski day and possibly save your season

Skier's Diet: Surprising Muscle Building Foods

Super foods that will make you super fit this ski season. Garlic anyone?

As you coax your muscles back into ski shape, fueling them well can add heft to your training. Your instinct is likely to reach for a steak (and rightly so: A 2009 study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that eating four ounces of steak after a workout built muscle 50 percent better than a placebo), but these other strength-building foods may surprise you.

Run for Your Lives—Or Your Ski Legs

We don't know if a zombie apocalypse is coming, but we're sure ski season is.

A handful of recent reports about zombie-like attacks have many wondering: Is the zombie apocalypse near? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released this statement: ”The CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).” If you want to believe that, go ahead, but don’t say we never warned you.

Gore-Tex TransRockies Run

Stage 6 of the TransRockies Run
Teams making their way through stage 6 of the Gore-Tex TransRockies Run.
This version of couple’s therapy isn’t for the faint of heart—or feet.

No one ever said love is easy. It’s all about teamwork, communication and compromise. So perhaps the best way to build a lasting relationship is to push it to the brink. Funny...that's also a great way to get in shape for ski season. Enter the Gore-Tex TransRockies race, a six-day, 120-mile team trail run that starts in Buena Vista, Colo., and ends in Beaver Creek. Inspired by the TransAlpine race—an eight-day event that takes pairs of runners from Germany to Italy—TransRockies isn’t for the faint of heart or weak of feet. 

 

Cross-Training: Cycling Road Rules

Cross-Training: Cycling Road Rules

Competitors of all ages and abilities will be able to race on the original Time Trial course ridden by legendary riders such as Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault back in the late 1980's. The race is open to both recreational and licensed road cyclists, with winners crowned in age group racing categories. A cash purse will be awarded to this year's top rider and all participants will receive an athlete bag with wicked cool Teva Mountain Games swag. For more info, click here.

Guidelines for skinny tire travel and training before the lifts crank up.

Many skiers trade their boards for a pair of wheels during the long snowless months of summer.  One part transportation and one part sport, biking is a fun way to keep those legs in shape during the off-season. “The Skier’s Responsibility Code” is posted at the bottom of every chair and on the back of every lift ticket, but you won’t find a similar code on the trails and roads this summer, so we spoke to The League of American Bicyclists and Bicycling Magazine to come up with a few helpful guidelines to keep you and your riding partners safe this summer.

Skiing Makes You Smarter

Skiing Makes You Smarter
October Fitness 2009
Research shows that physical exercise builds up your muscles and your brain.

Good news for skiers: A University of Illinois study suggests that exercise strengthens more than your muscles. It also promotes brain growth. Data collected from the study shows mice that ran increased their brain’s capacity to learn and retain memories while mice that ate well but didn’t exercise did not see brain growth. What does this mean for skiers?

Three Most Worthless Exercises for Skiers

Three Most Worthless Exercises for Skiers
Jump with two feet as quickly as youcan, and land only once between ropeturns. Do three one-minute intervals.As you improve, mix it up with singleleg,side-to-side or high-knee jumps.
And the ones you should do instead

Crunch

After a decade of experts hammering at us, we get the message: Core is King. What we sometimes miss is that the key, especially for skiers, is not so much core strength, as it is core stability. A crunch uses your abs to move another body part; skiing uses your abs to stabilize your body so a different muscle can do its thing.

Ski every day—and take the stairs at the office

Hey, desk potatoes: Little lifestyle changes can add up.

As far as fitness goes, it seems that a little can go a long way. No one is disputing the benefits of nailing nonstop runs on the Hobacks (kind of like running a marathon on snow). But recent data indicates that a little action in the day-to-day grind can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Easy lifestyle changes can do a lot of heavy lifting: Take the stairs. Park in the outer stretches of the lot. Push away from your keyboard and take a walk outside your office for a quick break a few times a day.

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