For more ideas about training for skiing, check out the interview I did for the Ultraskier.com podcast.
The purity of sport: Shinny hockey
No positions, no rules, no tactics, no strategy, no faceoff for the puck. The other team skated tentatively toward us with the puck. “Ready?”. I looked at our players. “Yup”. And the game began. It was an absolute rush.
Shoveling as a workout?
For many, shoveling is the big frustration. It’s hard work if you have a big driveway. I’m not sure if this is a surprise to anyone, but emergency rooms fill up after big snow falls. Okay, I’m sure that doesn’t surprise anyone. Many of the visits are from falling injuries – slippery sidewalks, ski or snowboard tumbles, and of course toboggan injuries. But did you know there is also an increase in cardiac incidents? It turns out that shoveling is both frustrating and dangerous.
At The Gym: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Even though I am a trainer and have the equipment to work out at home or at the sports therapy clinic where I work, I…
Introducing your new best friend, Foam Roll
Like a massage, foam rolling is based on the concept of addressing trigger points in your muscles that can interfere with the muscles ability to relax and lengthen. It is a great option for anyone who consistently has tight muscles. If you are a runner or any athlete involved in running sports, I am going to venture a guess that you will want to roll your IT bands (the outside of your thigh) and gluteals. If you are a runner or any athlete involved in running sports, I am going to venture a guess that you will find these trigger points your IT bands (the outside of your thigh) and gluteals. Skiers and hockey players will likely feel it most in their adductors, gluteals and quads. Office workers?
Training for skiing
You book a great week-long ski vacation somewhere out west. You can’t stop thinking about knee deep powder, and 3,000+ vertical feet, and runs that take half an hour to ski down. Then you start thinking about that, and you remember how bad your legs felt during your last ski vacation. The good thing is that there is a solution. Now the real question: what do you do to prepare for a ski trip – or for ski season for those that hit the slopes locally?
Lessons about low back pain (part 2)
This week’s post is a follow on to last week’s post with some basic information about low-back pain, covering some slightly different topics and getting into a bit more detail. The post will primarily address whether and how much we should bend, extend and rotate our backs.
Lessons about low back pain (part one)
I had the pleasure of spending two days at a Dr. Stuart McGill seminar about “Building the Ultimate Back”. Dr. McGill is a spine biomechanist…
3 exercises for low back pain
I recently talked with someone who gets low back pain about strength and stability training and exercises for low back pain, but was politely brushed…