Wherever you may be (except for the southern hemisphere), you are probably feeling the warm weather returning and you are trading out your winter parka for a t shirt and shorts. So when you're a skier, what do you do to keep yourself busy when the snow melts? Well, I work, take college classes, do dryland physical fitness training, and if I'm lucky I get a few sessions of glacier skiing in! In this blog post, I'm going to focus mainly on fitness training.
Seeing as ski cross demands a lot of an athlete from many different angles, finding an ideal training regimen can be difficult. In the off-season, I need to work on cardio, power, strength and gaining mass all at the same time, so keeping variance in my activities and changing up my lifts in the gym is very important. For example, I don't always want to go into the gym and do low weight/high repetition exercises and run a mile. I want to change up my weight/reps on a regular basis to make sure I'm working all of my muscle groups in different situations that will ultimately help me improve my strength, power, cardio/stamina, and get me to a higher weight with higher density. I'm also seeing a naturopathic doctor to get help making sure I have all of the right nutrition to get me to the place I need to be physically. I hope I've provided some insight into what the offseason can be like for myself, and you'll certainly hear more from me soon!