Get Fit To Ski with Dave Ryding – leg strength

Get Fit to Ski with Dave Ryding is a new series of ski fit videos to get you in shape for your trip to the mountains. We teamed up Snowsport England and Great Britain’s number one skier Dave Ryding, with the help of David Lloyd Clubs, to prepare you for your next day skiing or snowboarding. See the full Get Fit to Ski series >

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Session Two zones in on the most important part of your body for skiing – your legs. The movements you go through on skis often use specific muscles that you might not get frequent use in other sports or your day-to-day life. Having a session to focus on these skiing-specific exercises will help boost your power and give you more stability and control on the slopes.

Warm Up

As in Session One, a thorough warm up is the best way to get your body for ready for the main workout:

  • Reverse lunge with overhead reach and rotation (5 per leg)
  • Runner’s lunge with twist (5 per leg)
  • Glute bridge with leg extension (10 per leg)
  • Squat matrix (5 per leg)
  • Downward dog to push up with T rotation.

Leg strength workout

To give your legs power and stamina the is structured around a circuit of exercises. 3 rounds of 4 exercises. Each exercise is going to take 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest.

  • Squats (or squat jumps)
  • Skater lunges
  • Ski tuck hops
  • Lunge (or lunge jumps)

Remember, this exercise is helping you build strength so if you feel a burn in your legs that’s your body saying you’re doing a great job!

Learn more about the Get Fit to Ski series and see all sessions in our full series post.