CrossFit for ski conditioning?
Is CrossFit a good program for ski (or snowboard) conditioning? Is it ‘specific’ enough? This question comes up pre-ski season and during. The short answer is yes! But of course I will elaborate slightly CrossFit is a general physical preparation program, so in that regard, it prepares you for anything life might throw at you. It is perfect for skiing because of its constant variance with regard to movement and time domains. No run is created equal in skiing. You might be jumping, tucking, turning fast, holding, grabbing tree branches, snatching other skiers, eating on the lift, who knows? The other necessity to add is strength! If you ski aggressively or competitively, you will need some mass to withstand the crashes (knock wood). Basically skiers need to be quick AND strong. We could easily add a ski conditioning class once a week like some globo gyms do…but the MBS version would look and feel just like a WOD. If skiing/snowboarding is your main athletic focus in the winter, the MBS CrossFit prescription for you would be: strength class 2x per week, WOD 3x per week and ski as much as humanly possible during the season! Guess what? You still get all the benefits of CrossFit while “sport specific” training. What is your CO summer sport?
Workout of the Day
9:00 am – Snatch ladder
10:00am – In 12 minutes, Run 800 and find a 1RM in the Clean and jerk
11:00 am – Heavy, chest to bar, row, Helen
*Good luck to all of the competitors today at MBS team tryouts! Remember, all are welcome to join in the fun!!
**Don’t forget about gymnastics class tomorrow at noon!