Work Your Hamstrings for Better Ski Fitness

Hamstring Curls is an excellent exercise for skiers. Often in ski training we focus on the front part of the legs (the quadriceps), but good hamstring strength is equally important for skiers. This exercise provides a one-two punch for skiers -- it helps build leg strength as well as core stability.

How to:
-Lie on your back, placing the backs of your lower legs and heels on the top of a stability ball. Place your arms out to the side, palms down.
-Bridge yourself up and roll the ball in towards you. Be sure to keep your hips up as you roll the ball in and out.
-Focus on smooth, controlled movements.

(Catherine initiates the beginning of the hamstring curl.)

How many:
Start with 8-10 repetitions and work up to 20 repetitions.

For more ski-specific training, check out Ski Stronger--The Skier's Workout, available as a digital download and on DVD. FitBALLs are also available in the Ski Stronger store.

Stay healthy and we'll see you on the mountain.

Disclaimer: Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. The suggestions here are in no way intended to substitute for medical advice.

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