Using stretches as a warm up or to improve your flexibility to prepare for skiing is a great way to both help mitigate injury while you’re away and also improve your technique, if your current level of mobility is negatively effecting your skiing technique.
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These exercises can either be used in a warm up before your day of skiing, or they could be part of a mobility improvement programme you use to get more flexible in preparation for your ski trip. In either case these exercises will be very beneficial.
The bretzel stretch is a great way to build flexibly in the hips and the core musculature and lower back. Holding this position can feel a little uncomfortable depending on your flexibility level. Try and relax your breathing pattern while performing this hold.
Prone Single Arm Straight Pec Stretch is a stretch that puts emphasis on the pec and the lower back. It may feel like your not going to use your upper body while skiing, but if you take a fall you’ll be happy you used this exercise. Moving the hips through this range of motion in preparation for skiing will also be beneficial for a ski trip.
Cowboy posture can be a nice gentle (depending on current flexibility) way to warm up the hips prior to activity. It also can help find new range in knee and hip joints. Personally I also enjoy using this as a cool down after a difficult session, it allows me to take the time to slow my respiration rate and move my body from a state of work to a state of relaxation.
Downward Dog Plank is a stretch that will help improve flexibility in the hamstrings and the calf muscles, making it very effective for both a flexibility routine or a warm up for skiing.
Frog Stretch with Wrist Pulsation is one of my favourite dynamic stretching exercises I use with clients to warm up the hips and wrists for resistance training. This is because it is very effective at opening up the hips and wrists, which is why it would also be great to use for skiing, either to warm up and, or improve flexibility.
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This resource was written by Sean Klein. Sean Richard Klein has thousands of hours of coaching experience and a BSc in Sports Science with Management from Loughborough University. He owns a gym in Bayonne France, CrossFit Essor, which runs group classes and a Personal training studio.