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Winter Warm-up

The fittest women in the West, elite skiers, share their pre-winter full-body workout. Even if you live in the tropic, it’s your lift ticket to higher fitness.


The first day back on the slopes, the biggest air most of us get is the kind we suck into our lungs. Meanwhile, in Crested Butte, Colorado, local skiers float on air, turning through fresh patches of powder. What’s their secret? Two preseason conditioning classes: one for building strength, the other for endurance. Combined, they make an effective training routine that anyone can benefit from. Whether you summit mountains or sweat at sea level, this workout will help you go faster and harder in any activity (and burn around 450 calories an hour to boot). Plus, it will develop explosive power, flexibility and balance.
The winter warm-up was started by a couple of ex-ski racers who wanted to get into prime shape during the fall, when the rain and mud make the Rockies too slick for mountain biking. The classes caught on, even with nonskiers. (more…)