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Heading to Cory Pickos in 7 weeks--need to get in shape

WBLskierWBLskier Posts: 476 Baller
edited February 2012 in News & Other Stuff
So I am going to be getting some coaching at Cory Pickos’ place in Florida in seven weeks. With our winter here I likely will have no way to ski before I get down there. Does anyone have any advice on what to do at the gym to be in the best possible shape and get the most out of it? It is generally my upper back muscles/neck that give me the most trouble early in the season. Thanks for any input.


  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,117
    Strength is not so important. Recovery is. Your muscles will recover faster if you can get more oxygenated blood to them. For that reason, I'd be doing things like sprints on a treadmill. One minute of all out, followed by 30 seconds of rest. Repeat 10 times. When you can do that easily, bump it up to 2 minutes, with 30 seconds rest. Another great thing since you mentioned upper back/neck is handstand pushups. You would think they work the shoulders, but they don't. They work your rhomboids, traps, and the inner part of the Lat where it folds under the rhomboid. These are the muscles that connect you to the boat, not shoulders. They allow you to roll your shoulders blades back and pinch your shoulder blades together, which is how you resist the load of the boat as it's applied. When I first tried them, I could only do 1 or 2. After a month, I could do 10. After 3 months I could do 3 sets of 15. Also.........stretching is VERY important. Limber muscles don't get hurt as easily.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • ctsmithctsmith Posts: 281 Baller
    edited February 2012
    This year I started doing 8 sets of push-ups / sit-ups. I do the push ups, immediately thereafter do the sit ups then rest 60 seconds and do it again (my simple mind is equating the 8 sets to 8 passes). At set 6 I am hurting and winded and usually have to finish with girl style push ups the last two sets. I skied my first set in about 3 months a few days ago. From a fatigue standpoint I was in as good or better shape than when I ended last year. You still are going to be sore no matter what.
  • 501Brandon501Brandon Posts: 144 Baller
    Try "Insanity" it's very fast paced with a ton of basic exercises and you will get a ton of stamina!
    Brandon Atkinson
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,992 Mega Baller
    Shoot! I go their at least twice a week to stay in shape....
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 369 Solid Baller
    For the first time in my life I'm battling tendinitis and have not been able to really do much upper body-wise in the off season. So I've been doing a lot of Turkish Get-Ups (Google it). The soreness that I experience afterwards seems fairly similar to slalom.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • WishWish Posts: 8,092 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I like @lakequstinskier suggestion. Now where do I find the proper weight like this?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,641 Open or Level 9 Skier
    The above suggestions are great. Get some aleve in your system twice/day starting a few days before you get there. Bring tape and clenchers. Have fun.
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • ralral Posts: 1,764 Mega Baller
    Complementing the video, a Personal trainer girlfriend might help.
    Rodrigo Andai
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,374 Mega Baller
    Hey! That dude in the video is wearing the official Ball of Spray (baller) ski shorts! Where do I get a pair of those?
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,374 Mega Baller
    And on a serious note, try this progression:
    2 pull ups, 10 pushups, 20 crunches
    3 pull ups 15 pushups, 20 crunches
    4, 20, 20
    5, 25, 20
    6, 30, 20
    I can't make it through the pushups on the last one.
    Rest about 2 minutes. Finish off with windsprints of your choice.
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 369 Solid Baller
    For some reason lifting hot women with the Turkish Get Up is very popular on YouTube . If we ignore the snug ski shorts on that dude for those of you that have never done this exercise the sheer feat of him lifting the girl is very impressive. People sometimes cheat and bend their arms and he did not.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • PBDPBD Posts: 190 Baller
    I have found that shoulder shrugs really help avoiding the soreness I used to get in my traps.
  • LazLaz Posts: 341 Solid Baller
    Last year I used a pull-up bar before going to Costa Rica to ski. The bar could swing down and let me do reverse pull-ups. That seems to be a similar muscle action to skiing.

    I think it helped.
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