Ski season is nearly here. I don't know about you but I'm excited. Every year I vow to be prepared for the epic pow days to come, some years I succeed, others I have failed. Each year I get older and skiing becomes harder and harder. Not this year though, this year I'm getting an early start on my training and I'm excited to shred.
I shall start by praying to the gods of snow for a good year; last year was possibly the worst year I can remember for snowfall. I injured my neck early in the season and by the time I was ready to ski there was no snow left. I didn't go once last year and I'm not too happy about it. Hopefully this year is better.
For me, skiing requires a very different type of conditioning than I'm used to with Martial Arts. Therefore, I need to adjust my training and really focus on leg strength, stabilizing, and conditioning.
Russian Kettlebells will be incorporated into my training more and more; the swing being one of the most important exercises. Kettlebells are a great strengthening tool as they strengthen the body as a unit; instead of working one group or one muscle at a time, which will leave no weak links.
Free weights, plyometrics, and isometrics will play a big role in my training now as well; since when you're skiing, holding a deep squat for several minutes is important.
I'm getting an early start to my training in preparation for one of my favourite hobbies this winter. Now is the time to get ready! Have a look at what you will be doing or want to do this winter and ask yourself if you are ready. Maybe now is the time to start preparing for winter!