How District can help you this Ski season

Ski season has officially landed so we thought we’d take our coaching beyond the studio walls and give you some top tips for keeping safe on the slopes this Winter. Whether you’re an avid skier or more of an ‘all the gear, no idea’ enthusiast, no-one wants to be limping around the slopes due to hitting it too hard on their first day! So here’s why training at District is the perfect way to prepare for your holiday on the mountains. 

We all know the best way to get better at skiing is to ski but that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself a head start by implementing some functional training in the weeks leading up to your trip. Functional training builds strength, power and mobility that translates into everyday life, it’s fitness for the real world that focuses on movement rather than muscle. 

At District, every workout we offer from Anthem to Triumph to Barre has functional training at its core. We believe in the everyday athlete and ensuring every class works 3 key areas: Flexibility/Mobility, Strength and Conditioning. These 3 elements will undoubtedly provide you with an overall better experience on the slopes. 

Flexibility/Mobility:

Working on your mobility is very important, especially through your hips, pelvis and ankles. Keeping the body flexible/mobile allows a greater range of motion through the joints and reduces risk of injury. If you work in an office environment then it’s more likely that you will be tight through your hips. With this in mind, give your hips flexors some care and attention. 

If building flexibility is your main focus, we recommend Yoga and Barre but what ever class you take, you should always stay for the stretch/warm down at the end.

Strength:

The stronger you are in your core and the lower half of your body, the more you will benefit whilst skiing. Working on your quads (front of leg), hamstrings (back of leg) and glutes (bum) will increase your stability and ability to get low and aerodynamic in your posture. Not only will you be more comfortable, you’ll also feel super cool as you lock into position and overtake your mates on the descent. 

Your quads will be working hard to keep your skis together and your body stable as you turn. Glutes and hamstrings will be working hard to hold you in a flexed position with a lean forward over your hips and finally your core is going to be responsible for keeping you on your feet and changing direction.

If strength is your main focus, we recommend HIIT, Triumph, Barre and Metric.

Conditioning:

Fingers crossed, you’ll be on your feet for long periods of time and you'll need to be able to maintain this for a few days in a row. To ensure you’re not just having to watch everyone else have fun on day 3 whilst you rest, you’re going to need to put your body through some basic conditioning work. Elevating your cardio game will only be a good thing to stay energised for longer and improving your bodies ability to get oxygen to all your muscles efficiently.

If Cardio is your main focus, we recommend Anthem, HIIT and Triumph.

Preparing your body will not only make the whole experience more comfortable, it will also reduce your risk of injury. We would recommend adding one or more of our workouts per week into your training before you head off to the mountains. 

So if you are heading away this winter then now could be the perfect time for you to spread your wings and get yourself into one of our classes that you haven’t tried yet. Even better, if you’ve booked your getaway with a friend, then why not take advantage of our July offer and bring a friend along with you for free. 

Laura Brown