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.
After two weeks in Norway, U.S. Ski Team sprinter Andy Newell returned with some new ideas for double poling and a better sense of why skiing is so huge there. "Maybe the coolest part about training in Norway during the summer is not just the awesome roads and cooler weather but also to get a taste of that skiing culture," he explained.
Know a spot where the pavement is ideal for rollerskiing but the loop just isn't long enough to keep your interest? Austin Caldwell, head coach of the BSF elite team, has the threshold workout for you: 4 x 15-minute intervals on the same loop to track progress.
Strengthen the glutes and the skis will follow. Well, maybe it's not that simple. In this Wednesday Workout, physical therapist Dave Cieslowski, of Bend, Ore., explains how we can build stronger glutes in hopes of becoming more efficient skiers.
Anchorage-based reporter Gavin Kentch observes and outlines the ins-and-outs of a U.S. Ski Team classic speeds rollerski. U.S. women's coach Matt Whitcomb explains how each session is deliberately engineered and how a single workout can vary among individuals. (Includes photos and video clips)
After recently returning from a training camp with the Norwegian women's team, Jessie Diggins describes how the opportunity came about and one of her favorite workouts from her week in Norway. "I’m always looking for ways to make summer training exciting, new and adventurous," Diggins said.
David Norris of APU is trying to keep the momentum up and continually build on his achievements from last season. One thing he's noticed, "In the last few summers my uphill running has improved tremendously." But what came first, the hill-climb success or leaps in ski training?
The call to climb can be strong, especially if the place to climb is located in your backyard. This week, we caught up with avid rock climber Jason Brenden for a Wednesday Workout that involves traversing the holds and building strength, all on a homemade wall. "I just didn't want to pay for a gym membership," he explained.
This week, FasterSkier shares a workout from elite mountain runner Kasie Enman of Huntington, Vt. She divulged her secret to prepping for mountain races and the latest projects she’s been tackling when it comes to mountain running.
East Coast, West Coast ... most often it's a toss up. But for Dartmouth skier and Bend, Ore., local, Emily Hyde, she's awaiting a bit of crust-cruising shock therapy when she heads into Broken Top in the Three Sisters Wilderness just outside her hometown. Here's a Wednesday Workout for those about to "up" the training loads and intensities.
Adam Loomis moved from Wisconsin to Utah when he was 17. His brother Ben was 11 at the time. Together again in Park City, the two U.S. Nordic Combined B-team members try to sync schedules on the weekends whenever possible. "There’s definitely a special competition that provides extra motivation between brothers!" Adam explains.
Ever wonder what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior? A recent conversation with former pro nordic skier Reid Pletcher revealed the answer to be a little balance, a lot of grip strength, and plenty of patience. In this workout, shoot for 100 pull-ups a day, and no, they don't have to be all at once.
Don't live in Boulder? No problem. If you have mountains or even hills around, you can follow CU Head Coach Bruce Cranmer's recommendations for lighthearted spring training. "I recommend first and foremost, make it fun and something you really enjoy doing," he explains. "I think this is a great time to focus on non-specific training."
Pull off a "Clark Kent" with this lunch-hour workout sampling from Chris Pappathopoulos, the inaugural CXC Marathon Cup winner who also doubles as a dad and coach in addition to working full time.
Young, talented and keeping it fun. Katharine Ogden's Wednesday Workout takes us on a stroll up and a schuss down Stratton Mountain. "This is generally level one unless you are a very enthusiastic hiker," she explains.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, and snow. When it comes to spring workouts, it’s not just the freeing feeling of skiing around in Ray Bans and beach-like weather that makes crust skiing an essential workout for this time of year, it’s also the satisfaction that spontaneous skiing provides after a season of structured ski training.
To kick off the offseason, we bring you a Throwback Workout from two years ago: hill climbing then descending ("norpining") at the Middlebury Ski Bowl, or whatever somewhat snow-covered hill is near you.
Looking for a mid-season workout that's both effective but not too taxing? Annika Taylor of the British World Cup team has one for you: a sprint workout with short intervals on varying terrain. "The workout focuses both on the neuromuscular (limb speed) required in sprinting and improving anaerobic capacity," describes Taylor.