The summer weather is starting to break at last. Meaning that skiers and snowboarders all over Denver are looking forward to the upcoming winter season. Last winter offered fantastic snow conditions all over Colorado and with any luck, things will be even better this year.
Getting ready for ski season takes more than just buying this year’s best new gear. It requires getting your body (and mind) in shape before pitting yourself against the mountains. At Firehaus Pilates, we have all the equipment, exercise, and sport-specific know-how to get you ready for another great winter of skiing and snowboarding.
Getting Back into the Groove of the Mountain
Months of sitting at a desk or grinding at your job won’t have done many favors for your legs’ skiing condition. Having control on the mountain starts with having strong and flexible legs. This is particularly true if you like to ski in powder or extreme conditions. Don’t wait until you are standing above tree level staring down the face of a double black diamond before you ask whether or not your legs are ready. Pilates leg exercises will prepare you to enjoy the sport you love when the snow starts sticking. Plus, Pilates leg exercises can be adjusted to match your body type and skill level no matter if you are an advanced or beginner skier.
Past Injuries? Rehab with Pilates Before Hitting the Slopes
If you’ve suffered any kind of skeletal or muscular injury in the past, it’s important to keep taking care of it long after you’ve recovered. This is especially important when getting ready for ski season. Using Pilates stretches and exercises for injury rehab should be a key piece of your total recovery effort. Even small imbalance between your left and right side can show up on the slopes in some very unwelcome ways. Keep your turns tight by making sure your old injuries aren’t throwing off your balance. Our team of Pilates instructors can design a Pilates workout with your particular condition in mind.
All About the Core
Building up a strong core before ski season can be an excellent way of ensuring control over where your weight sits in relation to the mountain. A great number of Pilates exercises are excellent for core strength. By keeping your focus on proper breathing and controlling your abdominals as you ski, you’ll find it easier to keep upright in even the most extreme skiing conditions. Pilates not only helps you strengthen your core, it teaches you the focus and control you need to make the most of that strength.
The last thing anyone wants at the start of the ski season is an injury. It’s all too easy to push too hard when you first get back on the slopes. If your body isn’t ready for the stress of executing high speed turns and quick stops its the easiest thing in the world to twist a knee or strain a muscle in your legs. Injury prevention begins with proper stretching and a strength training, both of which are offered in a pilates regimen.
Your first day out can be a painful reminder to any skier or snowboarder that you haven’t been stretching and conditioning your body enough in the off-season. Especially in early snow conditions, it’s easy to work harder against the mountain then you mean to. Pilates workouts will have you ready for your favorite winter sport in a few months so contact Firehaus Pilates today and get your ski season started early.