Skiers are made in the summer! [or, off-season training for cross-country skiers]

Spring is here and summer is upon us!

Like some of you, I’ve been wondering how to stay active without snow on the ground. If you google “off-season training for cross-country skiers”, here are some of the websites that pop up. Some are clearly geared towards competitive skiing but there are some good ideas to take away.   I might try some of the strength training exercises in the fall to get ready for the ski season, but for spring and summer, I decided to try a hiking club to stay active and to socialize with like-minded people.

1) General principles

https://www.muscleprodigy.com/off-season-cross-country-skiing-training-methods/

http://www.xczone.com/trainingphilosophy.pdf

 

2) A specific training schedule

https://skihaussteamboat.com/season/

 

3) Drills and strength training

A) Indoor strength training:

http://blitzconditioning.com/strength-training-for-cross-country-skiing/

B) Outdoor drills -see especially tire dragging, which looks kind of fun:

http://www.xcottawa.ca/articles.php?id=2089

 

4) Cross-training:

A) Roller skiing

I’ve seen a few people out on the Martin Goodman trail- it looks like a lot of fun!

http://www.cccski.com/Programs/Coaching-Development/General-resources/You-want-to-become-a-great-cross-country-ski-athle.aspx#.WTKgdLFE2hA

B) Nordic pole walking?

Apparently it’s been popular in Finland for decades. Here in Toronto it seems to be geared towards older folks – even the Toronto Public library organizes groups.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Ntt=Nordic+pole+walking

C) Hiking

This seems to be a popular choice in the off-season. There are tons of hiking groups in Toronto. This is the club that I joined

https://www.torontooutdoorclub.com

 

Happy healthy summer to all!

 

 

 

 

 

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