First, a bit of biology
We’ve all experienced leg ache after a hard day on the slopes, but why? It’s all about getting your muscles in good condition, so here’s a handy guide to which muscle groups you use when skiing or snowboarding:
Quads: the hardest working muscle. They keep you stable and protect your knees
Hamstrings and glutes: they stabilise your body whilst heading downhill
Calves: they’re under constant strain as your lower leg is mainly bent forward
Thighs: inner thighs keep your skis together; outer thighs help you steer and keep you stable
Abs & back: these keep you aligned and also protect your spine
You don’t need to join a gym in order to get fit, but if you think that will help and get you motivated, go for it.
The below exercises can be done in your front room and outside. The only kit you really need is some running shoes or a bike.