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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.

Power Plate

Power Plate
power plate
Acceleration training is helping skiers, including members of the U.S. Ski Team, grow stronger and more coordinated. Here is where you can try it.

 Strength, balance, and coordination are all integral parts of ski conditioning. When you stand on or hold onto the vibrating platform of the Power Plate—the centerpiece of a new fitness trend called acceleration training—minute oscillations trigger your muscles to contract up to 50 times per second. Incorporate stretches and dynamic exercises to further increase your muscles’ workload. Suddenly, two sets of 10 squats feels like three sets of 20. “We use Power Plate training for skiers, including members of the U.S.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 3

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 3
Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 3
The third step in Ted Ligety's pre-season training plan: split squats. Ted and trainer Alex Moore show how to do variations of the exercise.
This week, the third in Ted Ligety's pre-season training series, Ted and his trainer, Alex More, show us how to do split squats, which work the quads, glutes and hamstrings.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 2

The second episode in a six-part workout series from Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team. This week's exercise: Glute Side Band Walks.

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: Glute Side Band Walks.

Training Tips with Ted Ligety: Week 1

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.
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