Leg Strength For Good Skiing
Welcome to the leg strength of the TDC fitness programme!
Hopefully your balance is good and your abs are feeling rock hard after the past month, or at least you feel like you've rediscovered some muscles you haven't heard from in a while? Either way you'll have done yourself some good.
Now it's time to add in leg strength to your routine. The benefits of strong legs to skiing are obvious. Everyone's felt the dreaded 'thigh burn' at some point whilst skiing. Stronger leg muscles give you a better chance of skiing well, and skiing for longer periods without getting over-tired. Simple eh?
Quads – Lunges
NB when lunging, your knee must not go beyond your toes
Discovery - Simple lunge
Step one leg forwards and bend your weight onto it, so your front leg forms a right angle. Hold for 2 seconds then push back upright.
Development - Power Lunge
As with the simple lunge, but after holding for 2 seconds, power yourself back upright.
Challenges - Lunge around the clock
As with the simple lunge, but start from a central point and lunge back and forth to the twelve numbers of the clock.
GLUTES – SQUATS
Discovery - Monkey squat
Squat as if you're sitting down on an imaginary chair, raising your arms above your head as you descend. Keep the movement smooth up and down.
Development - Cross-arm squat
Cross your arms in front of you, squat down to an imaginary chair, hold for two seconds then come back up.
Challenges- One legged squat
As the cross-arm squat, but keep one leg slightly lifted in front of you throughout.
Final Tester - One legged balance
In between each circuit, balance for one minute on each leg. Great for skiing!
Discovery - eyes open
Development - eyes closed
Challenges - stand on a rolled up towel
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