It's never too early or too late in the ski season to prepare your legs for the rigors of the slopes. The best leg exercises for skiers not only strengthen your legs but also improve your agility, flexibility, coordination and balance. Improve your ski performance and reduce your risk of injury by performing a leg-focused workout two to three days a week.
Not only is cardiovascular exercise just plain good for your health, the right exercises will help you stay in shape for ski season. Choose cardiovascular exercises that work your legs, butt and core, helping to keep your "skiing muscles" strong throughout the year. Interval training is particularly helpful because it mimics the alternating effort required during a tough run down the slopes, followed by a period of rest as you ride the lift back to the top. The best cardiovascular exercises for skiing include:
This video covering Phase 1 core exercises for skiing is just the first of three videos focused on core exercises for skiing in our ski exercise program. There are also two other videos in the ski exercise program that illustrate more advanced core exercises.
For example, I even saw several sites recommending machine leg curls, leg extensions, and leg presses as “3 of the most important exercises for skiers”. This is insane… Those are actually the 3 WORST exercises any skier could ever do, which not only don’t carry over to skiing, but could even lead you to injury!