Finally the weather in Melbourne has started to get a little chilly, the wind is up, and the mornings are brisk. If you are a ski bunny or snowboarder, this means your favourite time of year is approaching. The inevitable questions start at dinner parties and social gatherings. “What will the season be like this year?” “When should we go?” “Will there be any snow for the opening weekend in June?” “Will there be any snow during the school holidays?”
It is well recognised that physical conditioning is important for skiing & snowboarding, particularly strength training and core stability training. I wholeheartedly support the use of weights and other strength training techniques to assist in physical development for skiing or snowboarding, however, I believe the Pilates principles of control, precision, concentration and breathing perfectly match the demands of winter sports. Skiing & Snowboarding are highly technical activities that requires you to think about multiple elements at once, whilst being constantly aware of an ever-changing environment as you whizz down the mountain. The multi-tasking nature of Pilates teaches people to focus intensely on every aspect of their body during detailed movements, at the same time as controlling an external apparatus such as the reformer.
There are many exercises within the Pilates Method that are tailor-made to match skiing & snowboarding, from beginner to long term Pilates participants. I also strongly believe in integrating strength & conditioning techniques into Pilates, such as regularly changing the Pilates program design and exercises to ensure the appropriate physiological stimulus and adaptation. Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of my thoughts and training techniques for training for skiing, focusing on the Pilates Method. So please join me as we wait for the temperatures to drop while we get those ski legs ready and raring to go. To give you a teaser (no apologies for the bad Pilates pun), here’s a couple of my favourite Pilates exercises to assist in ski preparation, suitable to both new and longterm Pilates aficionados:
To find out more about how well structured methods with an expert Performance Coach can truly make the difference to your winter, come in and visit us at Absolute, 199 William st, for the highest level of health, rehabilitation and performance services.
Written by Absolute’s Performance Coach & Pilates Specialist Liz Hewett