August 18, 2005

Balance

A year or so ago I got a Vew-Do balance board for a present. I haven't really been able to use it as much as I would have liked as our flat isn't really suitable and neither is the limited outside space that we have. Recently at the gym I've started to use a Bosu balance board as part of my work out and have found that it's pretty good for working on the kind of balance that you need for skiing.

I started out doing squats on the board, using it with the round side down you need to work pretty hard to keep the board stable as you squat. Once that became easy I started to practice 'one legged skiing' standing on the board. By standing in the centre of the board on one leg and assuming a ski stance you can work at keeping a stable upper body and a tight core and then flick the board from 'edge to edge'. This is as hard as it sounds to start with but it's amazing how quickly the brain works out what needs to be done. It gets easier each time and is the kind of thing that's usually pretty hard to practice when not on snow. It looks like I'm not the only one to see the ski training potential of these things; the US Ski team is using them too - looks like they're doing slightly more challenging things though!

Something else that seems useful for getting that strong core that's so important for skiing is a variation on the 'advanced swiss ball balancing' exercise from Putney Chiropractic's ChiroSki programme. Assume the position and then start to push down with alternate knees whilst keeping your torso stable and remaining in balance... Again, it takes some practice.


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Posted by Len at August 18, 2005 05:04 PM | Categories: General
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