If you’re planning on hitting the slopes this winter, be sure to prepare your body for the snowy excitement. Training specificity is important in any sport so make sure you strengthen your lower body. The key is going to be in training your legs, back and abs. Squats, lunges, dead lifts and crunches will prepare you nicely for your slopes, jumps and cross-country endeavours. For all you body builder types, this may be bad news; reduce your weight and pump out 12-15 reps in each exercises instead of your usual smaller sets. We want to prepare ourselves for long lasting endurance rather than short explosive movements. Form is important to note and will help you exhaust the right muscles and reduce injury in general. Speaking of reducing injuries, don’t hit the slopes cold! A ten minute warm up will benefit you significantly in cold weather. Great training will enhance your game this winter so get ready and have fun!
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