By Ollie Martin
First published on ‘Where to Ski & Snowboard’
Although general fitness can be helpful in preparing for a ski holiday, such as walking, running, cycling, if you actually want to get better, it is best to undertake a periodised conditioning programme, unique to your needs.
Periodised just means ‘stages’ but more on this later. A generic programme, or just skiing itself, does not change any postural problems, weaknesses or compensations that you have in your body, in fact it will just exacerbate them. A conditioning programme will identify the weak links in your chain of movements and strengthen them enabling better performance, quicker recovery and a reduced chance of injury.
Myth: The best way of getting fit for skiing is to ski – WRONG
The best way to get fit for any activity is firstly, to become a fitter, stronger, better aligned ‘human athlete’ and secondly, to tailor your training specifically for your activity/sport.