To double pole or not to double pole: sometimes it's not even a question for strong-enough skiers. We spoke to a few well-informed individuals on FIS's 83-percent rule and gathered their opinions.
"It was a tough decision," TD John Aalberg told FasterSkier. "But we wanted to prove a point or put it on the agenda: if everybody starts to double pole, and if you loosen up the rules at the same time, that’s the end of classic skiing." The race jury released video of the infractions to the public.
The Rocky Mountain Racers team has a standby dryland workout called Ski Specific Strength that's as useful as it is brutal. While rollerskiing uphill, athletes pull a coach on a bike behind them, while their coach applies the brakes. "It’s pretty black and white if your power is going in the wrong direction," Andrea Dupont says.
Liz Stephen has been taking advantage of summer to enjoy another endurance-sports passion of hers: running. By both running casually and in races, like the Trail Run National Championship and Red Bull 400 hill climb late last month, Stephen gets the most out of the popular form of cross training.
For this week's Wednesday Workout, FasterSkier caught up with Tom Smith, the PG coach in Sun Valley, Idaho. He shared his take on a continuous threshold workout that is highly customizable for any time of the year, and perfect for transitioning into fall training.
Alice Flanders, a CXC Team athlete based in Houghton, Mich., gives a list of responses to the age-old question rollerskiers get asked: "How do you stop on those things?"
FasterSkier tracked down Petter Eliassen, the 2014/2015 Swix Ski Classics overall winner in his rookie season, for an exclusive interview this month. The 29-year-old Norwegian happily shared everything from training and recovery tips, to advice on double poling.
There's snow in Quebec, and FS contributor François Léger Dionne gives us a great way to burn off the holiday treats and work on skate technique with the following workout, which he recently did at the Far Hills Ski Center in Val-David, Quebec.
This week's workout comes from U.S. Ski Team Women's Coach Matt Whitcomb shortly after the team's on-snow camp in Bend, Ore., where they practiced improving technique after watching video clips, then created some footage of their own.
One author shares his uneasiness with training plans and investigates CXC Academy, an online subscription service that provides nordic tips and regimens for skiers of all ages. "You will go faster when you want to go faster and it will be a lot more enjoyable," founder Yuriy Gusev says.
Before leaving for Germany for a three-week camp in Ruhpolding and Oberhof, US Biathlon's Hannah Dreissigacker talks about how she's made strides in her sport -- specifically in shooting -- and why combo workouts are some of the best ones biathletes can do.
We stretch, stretch and stretch some more, so why are we still so tight? Exercise physiologist Stuart Kremzner explores the issue of muscle tightness and how to remedy a larger area of the body rather than a specific muscle group. Doing so could yield big results and ward off injury.
Leaving their rifles at home, the U.S. biathlon team is in Bend and today addresses a question that many skiers face come spring: how do you tackle the first couple overdistance workouts after a break? How long should they be, and what activity is best? Coaches Per Nilsson and Jonne Kahkonen assigned a three to four hour classic OD, and gave us their tips.
There's a correlation between the use of nutritional supplements and the willingness to dope; but why, and how? Does one cause the other? Plus, quick reads on whether caffeine improves ski performance (hint: it does!) and if minimalist footwear really helps approximate the mechanics of barefoot running.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Friday morning’s U.S. Ski Team workout at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg nordic trails wasn’t designed to be too hard. According to men’s coach Jason Cork, the idea was to run with poles and ski bound...
Noah Hoffman has been all over the world this summer in search of snow, and in less than a week the U.S. Ski Team member will be jetting off again to find more. This time he’s headed to the Southern Hemisphere along...
That last ski of the season might not have set well this year. You weren’t exactly ready. Some places enjoyed sufficient snow dumpings this winter, but on the whole, it just wasn’t enough. It ended too soon. ...
Note: This is the first of a "quick workout" series, which will break down one ski-specific exercise at a time in a how-to format. We start with Canadian national team member Perianne Jones, who demonstrated a...
Daniel Rickardsson, the Swede who taught everyone a lesson on how to race a 15K classic interval start when he won the 15K by almost a full 30 seconds during the World Cup in Drammen eight days ago, is ready to get even with the Norwegians from Sunday’s pursuit.
What happens when a famous Norwegian couch potato embarks on Petter Northug’s training program and basically follows Northug’s daily routine for eight weeks?