Here's a blast from the past. Two seasons ago, we asked Jessie Diggins, of the U.S. Ski Team, how she prepped for a prologue as the first stage of the 2015 Tour de Ski. She explained she did a "prologue practice day"...
If you are craving a challenging ski workout that will train your agility, boost your strength, and add variety to your skiing, you should look no further than your local fat-bike, singletrack ride. Have you ever tried...
Living in New England, the adult version of Christmas is waiting for the first snowfall. For most skiers in New England usually by the time the first race comes around you have skied once or twice on snow if you are...
Editor's note: This week's workout was submitted by a company specializing in performance training. We were not paid for this, but chose to run it based on its merit and anticipated value to readers. *** Race-Season...
We hear a lot about the details of a cross-country ski racer's day on race day, but what about those four or five days in between? What do World Cup racers do then, in the middle of the week? FasterSkier Norwegian...
Moms are famous for multitasking, but how do these World Cup mommas do it? We recently heard from Kikkan Randall on her return to the circuit after a year off to have her first child in mid-April, and we got a second...
Looking for a workout that will not only bring you individual NCAA Champions, but the national title? After taking the overall at the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Denver University (DU) provides a workout that--perhaps to no surprise--combines an alpine skier’s agility and strength along with the cardio-fitness and adventure-loving-attitude often exhibited among nordic athletes.
Double poling in the offseason ... it's not just for nordies. Athletes like US Biathlon team member Tim Burke incorporates it into his offseason routine. Skate ski exclusively? Then this Wednesday "double pole" workout might be for you.
The defending champ of the CXC Marathon Cup (who's going for another title this season), Chris Pappathopoulos shares a "kill-two-birds-with-one-stone" workout. "While this workout certainly isn't limited to athletes trying to balance family and sport, it does work very well for that," he writes.
Who says work and play can't be mixed? Team Hardwood Head Coach Ron Howden shares a friendly hockey workout, played on rollerskis, that includes an agility drills warmup followed by a classic game of puck-chasing.
Need to train hills, but you don't live in the mountains? Caitlin Gregg and Loppet Nordic Racing are here to show you how to get a killer interval workout off just 175 feet of vertical.
It’s not just a truism that one of the best ways to get good at going fast is to practice going fast. At least that’s the principle that Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center (APU) coach Galen Johnston brings to bear when working with his athletes, no matter their age level or experience.
Either on snow or on pavement, this workout offers an easy approach to lending how to cue and fire the glutes while skate skiing, something physical therapist Dave Cieslowski says will improve your skiing efficiency.
"The goals of the workout are to increase classic striding leg speed and explosiveness, make neuromuscular gains, and increase aerobic capacity," explains Chris Mallory, new head coach of the SVSEF Gold Team. "The workout is fairly short and sweet, but very effective, and it helps to sharpen the athletes up as we near race season."
Tad Elliott explains, "Sometimes you need a good OD, have some fun with friends and enjoy hiking in the mountains. Also where else can you bag three peaks in three hours?" The answer, he found, is in Waterville Valley, N.H., where he's been training with Kris Freeman.
If you're looking to be faster in speed workouts, 2006 Olympian Justin Freeman suggests adding some technique drills and accelerations to your warmup. “We do ten to fifteen minutes of running technique drills, focused on sort of generating power, quick foot strike, kind of getting off your feet,” he says of his Netherlands-based running club.
Dubbed “The Dirty 30” by Drew Holbrook, this L4/5 rollerski workout (with repetitions of 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off) comes from Gear West's Matt Liebsch. “Between 20-40mins the workout will feel unbearable at times… this is where mental fortitude comes into play," he explains.
Everything's better with a group -- at least in terms of threshold interval workouts. In this "Throwback Workout" from three years ago, U.S. women's coach Matt Whitcomb explains why this was one of the best workouts he had seen back then. “It doesn’t need to be incredibly hard — today was roughly threshold and above during bursts of speed — but it was about the terrain that helped push the pace for us,” he said.
Exertional compartment syndrome can ruin a ski season if not a career. In this Wednesday Workout, physical therapist Dave Cieslowski presents two exercises designed to tame a compartment syndrome flare-up.
With more than 100 athletes at the US Biathlon's development camp last week in Jericho, Vt., one of the more interesting workouts of the week was an eight-station strength session. Mix human rock climbing and shooting and you've got plenty to keep you occupied.