Monday, February 7, 2011

Get Schooled Before You Ski

Not all of us are fortunate enough to have the mountain life at our fingertips. If I want to hike, I'm either "hiking" along the Lakefront Path or driving a half hour to Palos Forest Preserve to hit the trails. If I want to ski, I'm either sucking it up to blaze down a Wisconsin landfill-turned-ski-hill where the lift lines tend to be longer than the actual runs, or I'm waiting all-too-anxiously for that next mountain vacation to turn up on the calendar.

But the last thing I want to do is suck wind on the big-time mountain, feeling the burn in the legs and the lungs, and calling it quits before apres specials even apply. The simple solution is to work out--I know that--but all the running and cycling in the world, my common fail-safes, won't necessarily help, especially winter workout boredom sets in. Instead, here are three articles from with three different workouts to shape, strengthen and tone those muscles before it's time to hit the slopes. And you'll find that these tips hold up outside the ski season too.
Now I've already tried the first workout--that's the one I wrote for I know I could benefit from the other two. The burpees that I've deemed torture at yoga sculpt are proof enough--I'm out of breath every time. What workouts do you do to get ready for ski season?

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