Keeping your balance, being able to get up in waist deep powder if you take a tumble, and skiing or snowboarding in general requires some serious core strength and stability. And there’s no time like the present to start getting your core prepared to handle anything you throw at it on the slopes this season.
Any type of weightlifting movement will improve your skiing and snowboarding, (especially squats!), but use these core exercises to supplement the fitness program you’re using to prep for winter to make sure you’ll have the midline stability you need.
Of course, all material in this article is for informational use only. It’s always a good idea to perform weightlifting movements with a partner and/or spotter, warm up properly, and stretch properly. Any exercises you read about on this site are to be attempted at your own risk. Enjoy, and have a great season!
1. Toes to Bar
Though primarily a core and hip flexor exercise, Toes to Bar also use small muscles that can get overlooked. Toes to Bar reps require hamstring flexibility, core control, knowing what muscles to activate when, and enough grip strength to hold on to a bar long to complete your set. Though grip strength isn’t as important on the slopes, the other benefits of Toes to Bar sure are.