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    Pre-Season Conditioning (part 3)

    December 15, 2007
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    Part 3: Toning your Muscles for Increased Endurance

    You are an active person. But the busy-ness of summer seldom gives you the chance to exercise all of your major muscle groups aerobically. However, when the snow starts piling up, what could be better than to cross country ski for hours on end? There is no better way to enjoy the serenity and beauty of winter than touring the countryside on your skinny skis. Honestly, it can be hard to call it quits once the endorphines (runner's high) start pumping through your body.

    Both your heart and your muscles need to be ready for this. If you are not committed to a regular regiment of total body aerobic workout, it's time to start adding a few simple excercises to your routine. These excercises are intended to focus on the muscles and movements most used while XC skiing. These exercises require no equipment and can be performed at home or at the office, maybe even while watching the evening news.

    Lunge Exercise
    Lunge Exercise

    Lunges

    This exercise will do much to improve and strengthen your stride. From a fully upright position, with your shoulders back and your feet only a few inches apart, take one large step forward. Dip into the step so that your trailing knee comes to within a few inches of the floor. Then step back up into your beginning postion. Repeat with the other leg. Continue this exercise with 3 sets of 10 repetitions. Doing this exercise three times a week, you should quickly build up to a session of 3 sets with 40 or 50 repetitions each set.

     

    Calf Raises
    Calf Raises

     

    Alternating Calf Raises

    This exercise will also do much to improve your stride, but will also give more consistent power to your kick. Standing up straight, with your feet a few inches apart, raise your left heel as high as you can, suspending your right foot in the air, the let it back down, followed immediately by raising the other heel. Continue alternating for five minutes. As with the Lunges, you should be able to quickly increase your session length if exercising three times per week.

    Calf Raises
    Pole Plant

    Arm Swing "Pole Plant"

    This exercise mimmicks the motion associated with your pole plant, helping to strengthen and lengthen your back swing. Swing your arms opposingly, with a controlled and slow motion, focussing on the back swing. The muscles in the back of your shoulders and arms should feel the tension. Use light-weight dumbells (2 to 7 lbs.) for gaining more strength. As with the other exercises, you should be able to perform this exercise for 20 minutes after just a couple weeks of training.

    --AK

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    Cross Country Ski Equipment and Gear

    January 13, 2009

    Cross Country Ski Equipment and GearHow to Choose the Right Skis discusses your options for cross country skis, boots, and bindings. Includes our sizing... read more

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    How to Maintain Waxless Skis (part 3)

    January 7, 2009

    <<Go Back to Part 2<< ^^  Go Up To Part 1 ^^  How  to maintain the kick-zone on a waxless ski: A simple guide to cleaning, repairi... read more

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    How to Maintain Waxless Skis (part 2)

    January 2, 2009

    How to Maintain Waxless Skis (Part 2)<< Go Back to Part 1<<      >>Skip To Part 3 >>How to prepare the ski and apply... read more

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    Skiers' Health and Fitness

    December 31, 2008

    The Health Benefits of Cross Country Skiing Explores the reasons that Nordic skiing is the best all around form of exercise. Includes a chart of calories... read more

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    How to Maintain Waxless Skis (part 1)

    December 16, 2008

    Why (and where) you need to wax your waxless skis: A brief explanation of friction, suction, wax and structure>>Skip To Part 2:  How to prepare... read more

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    People and Places of XC Skiing

    November 29, 2008

    Hills, Forests & Fields of France Park  a look at one of Indiana's best rural ski areas.  Deer, turkey, eagles and osprey --all a... read more

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    How to Choose the Right Skis

    November 16, 2008

    How to Choose the Right Skis, Bindings, Boots & PolesThe equipment you choose for cross country skiing depends on how and where you intend to ski.  ... read more

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    The Health Benefits of Cross Country Skiing

    July 6, 2008

    The low-impact, total body workout of Nordic Skiing has numerous health benefitsIt's the ultimate cardio exercise, the number one calorie burner, provide... read more

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    Hills, Forests, and Fields of France Park

    January 9, 2008

    A look at one of Indiana's most beautiful rural ski areas.  Deer, turkey, eagles and osprey --all a common site at this park located in the... read more

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    Pre-Season Conditioning (part 2)

    November 30, 2007

    ← Back To Part 1Skip to Part 3 →Part 2: Improving Your Balance and StabilityRemember the first time you put on a pair of cross country skis and... read more

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    Pre-Season Conditioning (part 1)

    November 12, 2007

    Part 1: Stretching to improve flexibilitySkip to Part 2 → Cross Country Ski Season is right around the corner. The chill in the air all of a sudden... read more

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