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Ted Ligety's Training Tips

Ted Ligety just claimed his third Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title, becoming the first American to do so. Here's his step-by-step pre-season training plan so that you can win like he does.

Week One

Can You Work out Too Much?

Can You Work out Too Much?
Maybe. But don't turn on the TV and settle onto your couch just yet.

Can years of strenuous exercise actually harm your heart? Possibly, if you take your workout regimen to the extreme. That’s one possible conclusion from a recent British medical study of extreme endurance athletes. Lifelong endurance runners, frequent marathon participants and alike showed early signs of scaring of heart muscle, which eventually can lead to irregular heart function and possible heart failure.

Get into Mogul Skiing Shape

World Champion mogul skier Patrick Deneen shows us his routine for getting strong to ski moguls.

Always get stuck when you ski moguls? Training specific muscles could help. World Champion Mogul skier Patrick Deneen shows us six excercises he uses to train his core and legs, plus work on his balance and stability, that will get you in shape for skiing bumps.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 6

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 6
overhead medball throw
The final step in Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's work out plan will increase your explosiveness.

Now that you're six weeks into Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team's pre-season workout plan you should be feeling strong fit, and ready to ski.  The last step in the program is overhead medicine ball throws, which Ted and the rest of the team call the "man or mouse" drill.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 5

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 5
back extension holds
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.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 4

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 4
ted week four
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.

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