Get in shape for the season!

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Sure, you could hire a personal trainer or blow your hard-earned cash on fancy gym memberships with fancy spin classes. But let’s be real, winter is coming and you need to save that money to splurge this season. Whether it’s a new pair of boots, replacing those ragged snow pants, or simply stockpiling excess cash to pony-up for lift tickets—as skiers and snowboarders we need to save our money for these seasonal necessities. Skip those high-priced autumn workout plans and keep reading for some much more sensible, entertaining and FREE exercise options.

Obviously, getting your body into tip-top shape to play in the snow is a huge priority. Here’s three critical ways to get ready for ski and snowboard season!

1) Take a hike! This harkens to the infamous saying, “If it’s free—it’s for me.” You may run into a small fee to park your car but for the most part hiking is totally free. It’s a great way to get your blood flowing and strengthen those legs. Let’s be honest, it’s far more entertaining than mindlessly sweating it out on a treadmill in a windowless gym.

2) Flexibility and yoga. You don’t need a classroom for yoga. All you really need is the floor, and some old fashioned motivation. A yoga mat would be nice too, but not necessary. Everything else you need to know about yoga can be found via the magical Internet.

For the practical purposes of skiing and snowboarding the benefits of yoga are more about flexibility and body control rather than inner peace or breathing. If not yoga, stretch! Everyday. You should be able to touch your toes or at least be close – flexibility is key to remaining uninjured throughout the season. Push yourself. Stretching is a slow process; it’ll take time to improve your flexibility so start now! Once the season begins, it’ll be second nature to stretch for a few minutes before hitting the slopes.

3) The world is your gym. Calf-raises, wall-sits, crunches, push-ups, burpees, jogging… you get the picture. Much like yoga, you can do these types of exercises anywhere. Blast out a few hundred calf-raises at work and wall-sits while watching tv. It’s not hard to find a place and find the time to tune-up your body on the go. Remember that the most important muscle groups for ripping the pow are legs, and abs. It’s less about the strength and more about the stamina! Here’s a quick workout we love for building your stamina and getting those legs in tip-top shape:

5 minute jogging warm-up or other cardio. Do some quick yoga for a few minutes to get your muscles loose!

3 rounds for time:

15 lunges

15 air squats (keep that butt back and ensure your knees aren't extending past your toes!)

10 burpees

15 butterfly sit-ups

If you do belong to a gym or have some equipment at your disposal, we highly recommend the workout series led by Crystal Wright, the former Freeskiing World Tour Champion!

Winter is right around the corner. You don’t want that first day on the slopes to kill your legs or to not be able to keep up with fellow Snowflake skiers and riders. Get out there and get ready for an awesome season!

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