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Health and Fitness News Article - TheraGear Article Resource

Ski Fitness Fundamentals

Article #36

As ski season approaches, many enthusiastic snow sliders will flock to
their fitness centers. Eager to avoid the dreaded "thigh burn", some may
perform countless sets on the leg extension machine, often at weight loads
that would make Arnold terminate his workout. But is this really
effective? Maybe not.

Where do the primary movements of skiing begin? In the legs? Well, no, not
really. The 4 fundamental skills of Alpine skiing are Balance, Edge,
Pressure and Rotary.
Edge control involves a tipping action of the feet. As the skiers center
of mass passes over the skis, pressure is increased. Then, to control the
direction of the turn, rotary movements are used.

The key element that allows this sequence to occur with dynamic fluidity,
is balance. Ski turns are empowered by your deep core stabilizers. The
actual movement begins in the feet and ankles. Pure logic dictates that a
ski fitness program should enhance balance, proprioception, and
biomechanics of the feet.

Performing any traditional leg exercise on the Theragear Core Disk
is an
excellent way to integrate balance and proprioception with strength
training. The "bumpy" side of the Core Disk imitates the uneven surfaces that
skiers are sometimes faced with.

Edging and pressure movements can be practiced on the Core Disk. I like to
use two Core Disk. Come down into a skiers "tuck" position. Shift your
weight, from the pinky toe of your right foot and the big toe on your left
foot, to the pinky toe on your left foot and the big toe on your right
foot. Some professional skiers use the disc to break in new ski boots.

Since the Core Disks are a relatively inexpensive product, its a good idea to
purchase a few of them. For agility and proprioception, place a few of
them in a circle. Step from disc to disc, maintaining postural alignment.
The transitional balance you gain from this exercise is very beneficial
for skiing.
Have fun!

Core Disk

Lisa Marie Mercer has been a fitness professional since 1973. She is
certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, The Cooper Clinic,
and the PhysicalMInd Institute. Lisa is the fitness coach for the Epicski
Academy, a 4-day ski clinic , which features some of the top ski
instructors in North America. For details, see

Lisa Marie Mercer