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Exercise ski muscles: run or bike?
Would you suggest running or biking as the most beneficial way to exercise the muscles that are used most heavily when skiing? (not talking specificly about park skiing, just in general)
Im only able to ski af few weeks every year and I wish to get as much skiing done as possible during those weeks.
Both, along with squats, leg presses, leg extensions, and leg curls. Don't forget your core either!
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Both however Biking will target quads more running will target calf's more also biking really helps if you have bad knees where running can do more damage.
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Get yourself a mountain bike and exercise both your legs and your balls.
Lift legs and core and do intervals or lower cadence (high gear) rides on your bike to build strength
Personally, I'd argue that you don't need a workout plan or some shit to be comfortable on the mountain.. Just keep your legs in shape some way or another, ski, get tired, hit it the next day.
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Of the two, biking. At least for me, running is too hard on the knees that it's beneficial. Biking, combined with leg workouts at the gym, will be the most beneficial. Also remember to work everything though; core is essential to skiing and doing arms/back/shoulders/etc is crucial in injury prevention. Go for less weight/more reps, because skiing is more endurance than strength
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tramp works muscles and techninque plus it doesnt put as much strain as running and its way more fun
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Jump squats, air squats and jumping lunges. A lot of the reason why you're sore from skiing is because skiing involves absorbing impact. When you do normal squats you don't train that much. Look up other eccentric exercises. They help way more than normal exercise.
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I know it's not on your list but trampolines are one of the best tools to train. It works on balance, builds muscle from explosive movement, and it's cardio.
Out of running and biking, biking is way more low impact on the joints. It depends on the person but I can't run before a day I ski. One thing running does have over biking is you can choose to train at altitude. You can definitely do that biking but your options are more limited.
Running at 10,000 ft plus will whip your ass into shape real quick.
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Mountain biking feels a lot like skiing to me on the downhill. I guess some of the mental processes are similar and its hell of a workout
Unless skinning faster is your main goal, you're not going to be limited by your aerobic fitness.
In training, their is a general rule called the 'rule of specificity': the closer an exercise is to the movement you care about, the better improvements will transfer between them. This is the reason why squats (and variations of squats) are the basis of any decent skiing training program.
If you focus on other exercises at the expense of your squat strength, you're missing the big point. Granted, I like biking and running and do both frequently - but I do them because they're fun, not because they're going to make me a stronger skier.
Lots of people hate going to the gym, and if you get enough hard skiing days it probably isn't necessary (unless you're trying to make the world cup circuit). After all, skiing is the best way to get stronger at skiing.
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