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Get better Core Strength before Your Holiday this Winter

Firstly we'll look at core strength, then in the other two TDC fitness sections we will cover leg strength and cardiovascular fitness as well general Balance Drills.

The exercises are all based around being able to do them at home, so you don't necessarily need a gym to get on top form. The sessions are set up with three levels, based on the same levels as the TDC Coaching Clinics ;

Discovery, Development, Development Plus and Challenges.

Starting easier and then getting progresively harder and more challenging. Start wherever you feel comfortable, but only move up when you can easily achieve the level you're on.

Stage 1 - Core Strength

Probably the most important fitness factor in most sports, if you have good core strength everything else works better. In skiing it can help greatly with your stance, which will help ensure you're using the right muscle groups.

This is a circuit that's been adapted from working with the British ski team, so if you keep it going who knows how well you could do!

It works the three 'building blocks' of your core strength; the lower abdominals, back muscles and oblique (side) muscles.

Work the three exercises one after the other, with the allowed rest time in between, then do 'the plank' as a final tester! Do the circuit twice and that's all you need for your core strength.

Circuit Levels

Discovery = 30 secs exercise / 1 minute rest

Development = 45 secs exercise / 45 secs rest

Challenges = 1 minute exercise / 30 secs rest


What kind of Lessons or Coaching Can I do with TDC Courchevel?

TDCski Courchevel have a range of clinics and private development skiing lessons available to suit different requirements and budgets.

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Lying cycle (lower abdominals)

Lie on your back, lift your legs off the floor and pedal your feet back and forth parallel with the floor. Keeping your legs low makes it harder. Make sure your back doesn't arch.

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Back raise/leg raise (back muscles)

Lie on your front, with your arms by your side. Raise your chest and legs off the floor, hold for two seconds, then lower both back down.

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Oblique crunches (oblique muscles)

An old favourite! Lie on the floor and pedal your legs as with the first exercise, but put your hands behind your head and lift your shoulders up to touch your elbow to opposite knee each time.


This tests pretty much all of your core muscles. The aim of the plank is to use your core to keep your body as still and straight as possible, hence the name. See how long you can hold your body still before you feel it start 'dancing'! Aim to add 10 seconds every other session.

"Plank" Levels

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- Rest on your elbows and knees

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- Rest on your elbows and toes

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- Rest on your toes and elbows, then alternately lift opposite arm and leg throughout the exercise.

Core Fitness Circuit summary

Exercises 1 to 3 then plank.

Rest for two minutes whatever your level.

Exercises 1 to 3 then plank.

So there you go, get into it and good luck! The circuit should only take 20 minutes, so try to do it daily, or at least every other day.If you're ever struggling for motivation, just remember that being that little bit stronger will help you ski better and for longer, whether you're a beginner or a powder hound…

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All the TDC Coaching Clinics are designed to give the participants the best opportunity to improve their performance and enjoyment of skiing. The ski clinics will have technical, tactical and psychological focuses according to the needs and goals of the individuals in the group, whilst ensuring that the most important outcome is enjoyment. The choice of terrain will take advantage of the best conditions available on the mountain at the time.

Too often in our experience have we heard "I would love to get better and I know there are things for me to learn but ski school is not for me!"

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Well this is exactly where the instructors and coaches at TDC come in. We do not intend to "tell" you what to do over and over. We are committed to facilitating a full sports coaching environment in which the individual will improve their understanding and have the opportunity to make lasting and rewarding improvements. If you feel like none of the above levels suit you, then maybe Private Development Ski Lessons are for you.

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