Muscles

Jessie recaps a few of the team’s strength-focused workouts this week

This week the SMS team has been doing some good work on specific strength. We put in a lot of time in the gym – 2-3 sessions per week, lasting 60-90 minutes, to be exact – but it’s also important to make sure that the gains we make in the gym translate well into our skiing and make us more powerful when we’re motoring up the climbs! So, in other terms, specific strength is working on those muscles we use all the time in skiing, usually by isolating repeating ski motions over and over again.┬áThis is different than the strength we do in the gym, where we’re focused on whole-body strength, which helps us avoid injuries and imbalances, work on coordination and balance and train muscle groups that we don’t use as often in skiing. I think it’s important to have a mix of both, so that you don’t end up overworking your ski muscles, but still know how to use them well.

Erika in a great forward body position (photo by Jason Cork)
Erika in a great forward body position (photo by Jason Cork)

Tuesday the team met up with our SMS junior skiers and a visiting club team from Quebec, and we hammered out some specific strength.

The juniors joined us in this workout as well, and they were impressively strong! (photo by Jason Cork)
The juniors joined us in this workout as well, and they were impressively strong! (photo by Jason Cork)
Ben races against some of the Quebec team guys (photo by Jason Cork)
Ben races against some of the Quebec team guys (photo by Jason Cork)

We did single sticking, double poling, and band pulls with a partner. Tough work, but worth it!

Anne and Soph having fun while getting their single stick on! (photo by Jason Cork)
Anne and Soph having fun while getting their single stick on! (photo by Jason Cork)
Jessie and Cork avoiding the "one dolla fine" for crossing the bridge too fast during a long double pole. (photo from Pat O'Brien)
Jessie and Cork avoiding the “one dolla fine” for crossing the bridge too fast during a long double pole. (photo from Pat O’Brien)

We are looking forward to some great weeks of training ahead of us…and some strong muscles to train with!

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