There’s nothing like spending time on the slopes, but ski holidays aren’t something that you can just show up for. They require preparation and fitness training if you want to get the most out of your time. Here are our top exercise tips for preparing for your travels.
Top Ten Fitness Tips To Get You Ski Fit
Don’t skip your gym session
Skiing is physically demanding and your body needs to be ready if you’re going to last the duration. Aim for 3-4 visits per week, at least a month before you fly. If you’re someone who struggles to commit to set times, check out The Thames Club’s list of classes. There’s something for everyone and the act of booking a certain time will make you more likely to go.
Focus on your quads
Concentrate your strength training on your quads if you want to remain stable when flying down the slopes. Leg presses, lunges and leg extensions are solid choices.
Give attention to your glutes and hamstrings
Your hamstrings and glutes need attention too. Deadlifts and one leg dead lifts are the way to go. Use a medicine ball. Add a medicine ball to your squat routine to build your quads, glutes and lower back muscles. You’re going to need them. Your arms are used to propel yourself when skiing so both your biceps and triceps need attention. Dumbbells, barbells, bench presses, dips and push ups are all good ways to focus on these muscles.
Your core is going to be tested
Alongside classic core workouts involving sit ups, planks and knee-ins, try shaking up your routine with a few yoga or pilates classes. There’s a class on every day here at The Thames Club. If you’re feeling really adventurous, or if you’re a yogi that wants a new challenge, try a hot yoga session. The Thames Club will be launching our Hot Yoga Club this January. Click here if you’re interested in learning more and would like us to email you with more information.
Strength is a must for skiing
Skiing is all about strength and you’ll be using a lot of muscles that you’d forgotten you have, but don’t neglect your cardio routine. You’re going to need stamina if you want to ski all day. Again, shaking up your routine is key. Try a spin or a Zumba class to turn your workout on its head.
Make sure you’re eating well
Make sure your diet is rich in nutrients, especially protein, to ensure that your body has what it needs to build up muscle. Remember, fitness is about more than just exercise. If you don’t feel confident about nutrition, have a conversation with The Thames Club’s nutritionist. They’ll give you the information you need to make the right choices.
Try not to drink before you go
Consider having a few dry weeks during the run up to your holiday. The only thing more demanding that skiing is après-ski. Plus, alcohol can be a real hindrance to your training progress.
Look into a getting a Personal Trainer
Talk to a Personal Trainer before embarking upon a radical training programme, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the exercises or gym equipment. They’ll help to guide you through a programme and prevent you from injuring yourself or straining your body. Nothing ruins a skiing holiday more than arriving with aching muscles.
Here at The Thames Club we have a number of in-house Personal Trainers and a fitness team ready to help you with specific fitness training needs. Simply complete this webform to get in touch.