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Getting back on the piste post-lockdown

Getting back on the piste post-lockdown

If there’s one thing we’re all desperate to do once the lockdown restrictions are lifted, it’s getting back on the piste! If you’re counting down the days to when you can finally hit the slope again to carve up some pristine piste, we hear you. Which is why Chill Factore has compiled some handy home skiing exercises to get you slope-ready.

3 skiing exercises to get you slope-ready

Wherever and however you get your snowsport fix this winter it’s a good idea to get your body ready for all the twists, turns and bumps that come with the territory. After months of daydreaming about the slopes, the last thing you want is for fatigue, or worse still injury, to take the shine off your experience. But with a few skiing exercises, you can build up enough strength, conditioning and stamina to enjoy yourself to the max.

As well as working on your cardio with regular running or knee-friendly cycling, incorporating these skiing exercises at home can get you ready for the snow. This simple 3-move bodyweight circuit is designed for those key snowsport muscle groups – your legs, glutes, and core – and should be repeated three times every session. Practice 2-3 times a week and you’ll be ready to spring into the action as soon as you get the green light!*

Squats – 20 seconds

Your thighs and knees take a lot of punishment out on the slope. You can strengthen your thighs and glutes, while protecting your precious knee-joints in the process with some classic bodyweight squats. Squatting with proper form also gives you muscle memory for positioning your legs correctly to absorb any impacts. 

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and push your hips back.
  • Bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  • Ensure your knees are never in front of your toes.
  • Contract your glutes to stand back up.
  • Repeat until your 20 seconds are up.

Lunges – 20 seconds

Lunges are a brilliant all-round exercise that not only build strength in your legs, back and abdominals, but also do wonders for your stability and balance – crucial components of any proficient skiing or snowboarding technique. Try to maintain good form throughout and keep your eyes looking dead ahead at all times. 

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Step one leg forward and bend to a 90-degree angle.
  • Your back leg should be parallel with the floor.
  • Your front leg should not go beyond your toes.
  • Push through the floor with your lunging foot to return to standing.
  • Repeat until your 20 seconds are up.


Plank – 30 seconds 

One last push! After all that work on your legs and glutes it’s time to feel the burn in your core. It’s no secret that good core strength will help to improve your overall balance and mobility, whilst keeping you centred and helping to stave off compression injuries to your lower back – an abs-olute must for any snowsport enthusiast!

  • Lower yourself to your hands and knees.
  • Drop your elbows until you’re resting on your forearms.
  • Extend your left leg, then your right, until you’re balancing on your toes and elbows.
  • Ensure your back stays straight and your hips don’t sag towards the floor.
  • Contract your glutes and abs to maintain stability.
  • Hold steady until your 30 seconds are up.

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* Chill Factore does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any information provided in this article is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

12/9/2020 2:46:32 PM

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