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. This 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.
Tuesday the team met up with our SMS junior skiers and a visiting club team from Quebec, and we hammered out some specific strength.
We did single sticking, double poling, and band pulls with a partner. Tough work, but worth it!
We are looking forward to some great weeks of training ahead of us…and some strong muscles to train with!