Preseason Ski Workout with US SKI Team 4. Ski Prep Exercises with the Bosu 2 days ago   03:06

Follow US SKI Team Mogul Skier and Olympic Athlete Heather McPhie as she demonstrates three workouts for every athlete and skier going into ski season.

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At least the lateral box jumps with feet together are moguls-specific. Of course mogul skiers need plenty of leg power (and core strength), but they had better not get as heavy as a speed racer. She might be better off training with US Gymnastics Team if the ski team is not going to tailor her program to the event.

He says in the intro that the goal is to "maximize your ability to generate high force and high power in the turns..." NO. Speed in the moguls (only 20% of the score) is not achieved with high power turns. You might say the "opposite".

The fastest way down a mogul course is to make no turns at all since there are no gates. I've seen plenty of guys do it, but only to practice speed control using absorption (not on the steeper courses, and usually in a bit of slush). Since this would be too dangerous, turns are judged- but only for aesthetics.

The best turns are the smoothest and quickest, executed to allow the skier's upper body to travel down that straight fast line, in control. You never use a high edge angle or need to hold a carve to make a gate- both requiring high power. In that sense, the skier using the least power in the TURNS could take fastest line, and also earn the most style points.

You need some "explosive power" to hit the kickers, but again height and distance are not the metrics- only the quality of the tricks (greater amplitude is aesthetic). The mogul skier has to train for power like a figure skater not a speed skater.

There is no doubt that leg power is essential in the moguls for absorption, recovery from a mistake, injury prevention, etc. It doesn't hurt to have a strong upper body if it is not so massive as to hamper execution of a twisting double back flip (yup, coming soon). Lateral box jumps: superb. Barbell squat jumps: probably useful, if they can be done safely and don't build too much mass- the soft landing aspect seems directly relevant for absorption in the bumps. Explosive medicine ball toss: Why?

Also: how is Heather going to safely practice her aerials- on a tramp, on a water ramp, at the glacier camp- if her legs are exhausted with hard weight training (and recovery the day after)? These dangerous tricks require extensive practice reps on fresh legs.

More explosive power definitely aids development of quickness and agility. More body mass aids a downhill racer (has to be muscle not fat, of course). But it hampers a mogul skier. By analogy, explosive leg power is required for the Olympic high jumper. But are you going to give her the same training exercises as the shot putter?

Elite mogul skiers are some of the greatest all-around athletes in the world. [Imagine if the 100 meter hurdles race included two tumbling runs or vaults that scored tricks close to the difficulty level in gymnastics competition]. It's too bad that the US Ski Team lumps them together with the racers just because they ski on snow. (I doubt things have changed since this video from 2012).
any alternative for the 1st one? not every gym has that high ceiling
But how did the gold medalists train?
Negan Fassbender
The training is good but there not targeting the right muscles for the sport which can apply better ones.
And the balance training that I see in all these athletes,I know that there are the better ones training for them to improve quality and bring the gold 🥇 home.
Skiers Edge
Someone needs a Skier's Edge machine! :)
Nandang Windana
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4. Ski Prep Exercises with the Bosu Preseason Ski Workout with US SKI Team 2 days ago   03:11

A series of clips demonstrating exercises to build up strength and stability for a better, safer skiing holiday.
Using the Bosu approximates the variable nature of the terrain underfoot. Skiing has inherent risks because of the unknown terrain, so including instability in your training will enhance your ability to regain control and reduce the likelihood of injury!

By Catherine Stephens, principal of Northern Beaches Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre.
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