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Best way to get in skiing shape ?

jetpilotg4jetpilotg4 Posts: 302 Solid Baller
Back in the day , I could just strap a ski on and go .... Now that I'm longer in the tooth , strentgh and stamina are at a premium ... What do some of you guys do in the weight room , and cross training to get you to your best skiing form the quickest ?



  • skialexskialex Posts: 941 Crazy Baller
    For me there are no magic tricks. This sounds like starting a diet a week before summer holidays and expecting unrealistic results.
    I think that the only thing you can do the very last minute is to strap a ski on your feet and ski in ski shape, but take it easy by running lots of openers and easy passes.
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,381 Mega Baller
    Hockey and riding bike.
    Shut up and ski
  • LovellLovell Posts: 98 Baller
    Offseason pull ups helped my forearms this year.
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 327 Solid Baller
    Ski year round and never get out of shape (if your water doesn't freeze).
    [Deleted User]Bruce_Butterfieldjimski
  • raynrayn Posts: 384 Baller
    HiiT. High intensity interval training. Deadlifts and pull-ups
    Ray Newmark -
  • jimskijimski Posts: 434 Solid Baller
  • Ausbun324Ausbun324 Posts: 9 Baller
    Get a dirt bike and ride some motocross
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,666
    Rowing machine - back, legs, cardio... It hits all the right buttons.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski - KD Platinum

  • MarkTimmMarkTimm Posts: 102 Baller
    Crossfit, Hit it hard in the off season and back off but don't stop during your ski season.
    Mark Timm
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,666
    edited April 2016
    @Lovell genius.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski - KD Platinum

  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,111 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    +1 rowing machine. I did it this year and it really helps, I've never felt better.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,523 Mega Baller
    I'd be likely to trust whatever @rayn says. Might be the fittest skier in our region. (And after an off-season in FL I'm eager to see his skiing this season!)
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    I train with weights year round. Heavy at times. 6-7 days a week. Works well for me
    Mapple T2
  • raynrayn Posts: 384 Baller
    The real answer is to do what Jenny Labaw tells you to do. Lots of ballers do/have used her with great success. @Than_Bogan I hope what I learned and changed can travel with me back up north.
    Ray Newmark -
  • WolfeieWolfeie Posts: 175 Baller
    Train year round, and have a 9 month ski season. At 59 I play ice hockey 2x week,
    ride my bike 5x week, lift weights 4-5x, do pull-ups during weekdays when not
    skiing. Started season with 4 pass sets, 2-3 sets per weekend.
    Brad Wolfe - Ski West Village, Arvin, Ca; Radar Pro Build, SN 200, I can see Ball of Spray headquarters from my lake house.
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    JLB is the [email protected], I'd recommend her to anyone
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
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  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    @JohnCox is a freak of nature --
    Jim Ross
  • WishWish Posts: 7,893 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited April 2016
    Says the guy that can bench a small car...with @JohnCox inside.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • bigtex2011bigtex2011 Posts: 490 Crazy Baller
    I walk, over eat, get depressed and ski. then i drink,get fat,get depressed and ski. seems to work
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 980 Mega Baller
    CrossFit for sure- Been doing it 3 years and every spring I experience almost zero soreness after my first sets. The "functional" movements are really what skiing is in many ways. You have one connection at your hands and another at your feet and everything in between gets worked over.
  • keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 528 Crazy Baller
    12 oz curls year round. I also sit in an ergonomic chair in front of a computer 8-10hrs/day so I am in a shape. Round is a shape right?
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,846 Mega Baller
    Nothing that I have found can get one in shape for sking other then just getting over the initial pain hump and just ski !!!
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,662 Mega Baller
    For my lessons in FL a couple of weeks ago (after about 6 months off the water), I did this to get back into skiing shape (while not risking injury):

    1. Free ski on open water as soon as it is liquid. Take at least two long runs with continual cutting/turning until you are tired.
    2. After 4 days, repeat #1. Add a third run, if possible.
    3. Take two sets of 6 passes on a course about 3 days after #2.
    4. Take two more sets of 6-8 passes in a course about 3 days after #3.

    After #4, continue increasing either passes or sets while simultaneously reducing time between ski days.

    For me, #1 was March 13. Due to uncooperative weather, #3 was March 26. My lessons were April 4 and I was in reasonable skiing shape.

    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,983 Mega Baller
    At 55 I've been doing a cross training regime for about 35 years which gets modified a little every couple years to avoid boredom and take care of some aches that come with age. Basically... 3 to 4 days per week various combinations of - sit ups, push ups, pull ups, back arches, squats, lunges, calf raises, dumbbell lifts, stretch, walk, run cycle, swim, and officiate 40 to 50 basketball games through the winter season, And there's always the yard and house work. Check out @jhughes article on mental fitness too.
  • foxriveratfoxriverat Posts: 536 Crazy Baller
    @MS that's my workout too. Rode a quick 10 miles today for my 56th b day. And playing rat hockey tomorrow.
    2000 Malibu Response LX 2019 65 HO Syndicate Omni Vapor Bindings
  • david_quaildavid_quail Posts: 147 Baller
    If you have the time (and $) for it, +1 for Crossfit.
    Lots of anaerobic, pull ups, deadlifts, core, rowing.
    Plus ... it's a lot more fun than just hopping on the rower or heading to the gym for some pull ups and squats ...
  • paul413skipaul413ski Posts: 194 Baller
    Mountain bike 50 miles per week and try not to break any thing on the black runs reduce to 25 miles per week during the ski season
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 559 Crazy Baller
    Gym workouts with weight training and elliptical for cardio. When you think you are in shape, you find out every year (why do I forget this every year) that you aren't even close. When I start skiing I try to run slow passes on the course on jumpers for a couple weeks before getting the slalom out. Seems to help. For me, if I can finally get on the slalom for a couple weeks with no injuries life is good. The older you get, the harder that is to do!
  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 586 Solid Baller
    edited April 2016
    If I start not with weekend session but travel for skiing 7 or 10 days, for me having clincher gloves is must.
    Because it is such an upset to sit on ponton on the day #3 with fingers done and see how others ski.
    First week of the season grip is the only limiting factor for me...

    To stay in shape - uphills on mountain bike help a lot. Cardio, strength & endurance in one glass ))
  • epnaultepnault Posts: 289 Solid Baller
    I workout 12 months a year with a focus on staying in the best shape for skiing. Crossfit is my favorite but I also like rowing and outdoor cycling. If you are asking at the end of April is late and going to a gym and working out won't be worth it. Might be the best to just start skiing and plow through the pains.
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