This week, Canadian National Senior Development Team skier Frédérique Vézina, who trains with the Pierre-Harvey Training Centre in Quebec, writes about her favourite recovery activity – yoga — and explains how it can be cross-country skiing specific.
For this edition of our weekly workout, former U.S. Ski Team member Nancy Fiddler encourages you to put some pounds on -- via a weight vest. She still uses her 25-year-old one for a total-body workout and gives some ideas for strength sessions on and off skis.
Pull-ups are one of those strength tests as old as time that most of us want to accomplish at some point in our lives. If you're already there, great, but there's probably room to improve or bust out more repetitions. Never done one before? Now's your chance.
Kieran Jones, head coach of the Nakkertok Ski Club in Ottawa, gives some advice for developing a strong baseline and widening the range between easy and max efforts. "Skiers like pain. Skiers like feeling exhausted," Jones says. "But sometimes, to get to the hurt, you need to lay out a strong baseline."
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.
Matt Liebsch, like any pro skier, is all about hammering the rollerski training, but this year, he's taken a slightly different approach. "It is important to keep training fun and diverse at times," he writes. That means 2 1/2-mile swims once a week, indoor cycling training and more. Liebsch explains why it works.
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.
Want to go the extra 10 percent to improve your skiing? CXC Elite Team coach Bill Pierce outlines a recipe for success -- one that states foam rolling, stretching and massage are a must, along with balance and agility drills.
Wednesday Workout fans, you're in luck! The following article complements Bill Pierce's recommendations for stretching, agility and self-massage. Not exactly sure how to use a foam roller? Stuart Kremzner, exercise physiologist, owner of E3 Sports Performance, nordic skier and coach, explains.
In this edition of the Wednesday Workout, we talk about tapering and present some conventional wisdom along with endurance-specific tips. Zach Caldwell explains what some of his professional skiers do to rest up for a big event, and explains why there's no sure-fire method of peaking.
This week, recent Mount Marathon winner Eric Strabel shares the secret to his success: sustained, hour-long Level 3 efforts.
Increased the training this summer and now feeling the pain? Sounds like you're dealing with some imbalances. Exercise physiologist and nordic coach Stuart Kremzner goes over some of the most common aches or injuries, and how they can be prevented.
Skiing is an upper-body sport. It doesn’t pay just to have a strong engine; if you want to win sprint finishes you’d better have a strong double-pole, too. CSU head coach Rob Bradlee takes us through one of his standby summer strength workouts — no gym required.
Plus, two different studies look at how different types of muscle used in various athletic activities might inform training. In the first, static stretching is worse for cycling than running; in the second, think about small-muscle strength exercises.
FasterSkier is starting a once-a-month series looking at new research in the field of sports science. Periodically, we’ll flip through some of the world’s best peer-reviewed medical journals and summarize, in plain...
On Day 2 of the USSA National J2 Talent Camp in Craftsbury, Vt., several top 14- and 15-year-old racers participated in strength tests on Sunday. The National Nordic Foundation posted results, which can be found by clicking...
The Western Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp kicked off in earnest at 6 a.m. Monday, June 25, with a trail-run time trial up Agony Hill. On the training schedule, instructions read: “Bring your ‘A’ game.” Dozens...
BEND, Oregon – Even though the U.S. biathlon national team did not compete in the Pole Pedal Paddle on Saturday morning like their skiing counterparts, the athletes still didn’t get to sleep in for their weekend. ...
Once again, we're shaking up the Pro Workout series by giving busy skiers a chance to add some simple weight training (simple in principle, harder in practice) to their fitness regimens. This is the second "quick" workout...
Note: This is the first of a new series about working out with high-performance athletes. The idea is to shed light on the daily routine of someone dedicated to training and share a regular Joe's story of trying to keep up. ...