Downhill Skiing 2-Week Fitness Plan

This Downhill Skiing 2-Week Fitness Plan is a comprehensive, full-body workout plan designed for the avid skier to get in the best possible shape for a ski trip. All major muscle groups needed for skiing are targeted in a calendar optimized to build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Our skiing 2-week workout plan comes with a calendar, free access to the workouts, and support from the Ryan and Alex Duo Life team. As avid skiers ourselves, this is a proven plan to train hard for the best ski trip ever. There’s no equipment required and all workouts can be streamed directly into your home.

what to expect?

Our downhill skiing 2-week fitness plan is hard. And, the intermediate-advanced workouts challenge your strength, agility, and explosiveness. However, safety and injury prevention are even more important. Therefore, our skiing 2-week workout plan will focus on flexibility, balance, and range of motion to prevent injury. We guarantee that this is the most effective plan you can follow to prepare you for the slopes in the shortest amount of time.

To make sure the skiing 2-week fitness plan is good for you, take our Fitness Test and pass as intermediate, especially in the Core Strength and Lower Body Strength tests.

The skiing 2-week fitness plan uses professionally designed workouts that will guide and educate you through every step of every workout. Since the workout plan consists of short, challenging total body workouts every day of the week, it’s the only exercise you’ll need to prepare.

training considerations for your ski trip

As experienced skiers, we know that cardio, lower body, and core strength are critical to maximize your experience on the slopes (and stay safe). However, training for your ski trip is not about beating your body into great shape. Instead, strengthening and improving cardiovascular condition, flexibility, balance, and range of motion are all important. This is what keeps us skiing hard, mogul after mogul, and day after day.

how can it be done in 2-weeks?

Many ski experts recommend individual strength, balance, and plyometric moves to train your body physically over the course of a few weeks or months. In our experience, our downhill skiing 2-week fitness plan’s explosive, functional, and high intensity workouts accomplish more in significantly less time (and we test our workouts carefully). That is why we created our alpine skiing 2-week workout plan to include these short, structured workouts that can be done at home and don’t require any equipment.  As avid skiers ourselves, this workout plan has been tested and proven. Our conclusion: you can get in great shape for skiing in just 2-weeks!

As we mentioned, the skiing 2-week fitness plan is challenging. To break up the intensity, there are built-in recovery days, such as yoga, to reduce chance of injury. It’s critical that the program is followed day-by-day. Remember, train smart not hard.

why you need this

 

why be in great shape for skiing?

  • Enjoyment. Truth is, you are not going to enjoy the slopes unless you are in shape. To ski hard, stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the beauty around you, it’s better to not be dragging down the mountain with sore quads and an achy back. We all know that ski trips can get tough that third and fourth day – if you’re not in the best shape. Instead, you’ll be leaning into the mountain and feeling fresh.
  • Efficiency. You can fit more slopes into the day. Since you’re likely operating on limited vacation time, being better conditioned allows you do more while on the mountain!
  • Freedom. Whether you are sticking to the ski resort or out on a backcountry, free ski trip carrying your skis on your back, being in shape makes you ready for anything. If you’re feeling good, why not leave the chair lifts behind and hike up to the top of the next bowl?
  • Safety. The worst thing that can happen on the slopes is an injury. Being in great shape will reduce the risk of injury by improving balance, range of motion, control, and strength.
  • Maximize Return. You invested time, money, and vacation days into your ski trip. Invest in your fitness too!

how is our downhill skiing 2-week fitness plan different?

  • It’s Fast and Fun! All workouts are around 30-minutes. Sorry but the StairMaster and treadmill sound mind-numbingly boring. Also, they won’t prepare you for the moguls and the all the powder you plan to shred. With our program, you’ll have plenty of variety to keep you focused and out of your comfort zone.
  • It’s Stupid Simple. No gym required and everything can be done at home with your own body weight. No more online picture-by-picture routines telling you to do lunges until your legs fall off. With us, you’ll have a calendar to follow and online steaming workouts that instruct you on what to do, how to do it, and for how long. 
  • It’s Functional Training. Our program is going to challenge you body in similar ways as skiing will. Your thighs and shoulders will be worked, just like how it is on the slopes.
  • Skier Approved. Developed by skiers for skiers. We all know how valuable our time is on the ski mountain. Let’s make the most of it!

 

here's The Plan

 

the alpine skiing 2-week workout plan…

  • Our ski training workouts don’t require weights, benches, pull-up bars, or bands. The only recommended equipment is tape (for marking the floor) and a yoga mat, carpeted floor, rug, or bath mat for padding.
  • You don’t need a gym to complete this program. All workouts can be done at home, in a hotel room, at a local park, or in your grandma’s basement.
  • You’ll work out 7-days a week. Two of those days are reserved for yoga and active recovery to keep you injury-free.
  • Workouts are about 30 minutes. The shortest routines are 25 minutes and the longest are 40 minutes, including warm up and cool down.
  • You will download the 2-week (bonus 3rd week included) calendar and gain access to the workouts on Beachbody On Demand for free. If you use a heart rate monitor, you can compete with us for each workout. Also, complete our bonus exercise if you are feeling ambitious, and stay accountable in the Skiing 2-Week Fitness Plan Portal.

the fitness plan rules…

  • Follow the program calendar to a “T.” A goal without a plan is just a wish… and getting ready for the slopes in 2-weeks is a BIG goal! Don’t decide that you didn’t like a workout and skip it. Usually it’s the workouts that we dread (such as cardio or leg day) that bring us the greatest results.
  • Do this program with your partner (added accountability and a relationship boost) or skiing buddy (you don’t want them slowing you down).
  • Be accountable via email or through the program portal. The more you share the more we can help and motivate. Ryan and Alex Duo Life has put thousands of people through these workouts programs and those who stay accountable are significantly more likely to finish what they started.
  • This program is comprehensive. You do NOT need to do any additional exercise beyond this plan. This could lead to overtraining and injury. Instead, if you have extra time, focus on eating healthy, whole foods (mostly veggies), drinking lots of water (increase hydration to prepare), stretching, or watching Warren Miller ski films!

Skiing 2-Week Fitness Plan

This Downhill Skiing 2-Week Fitness Plan is a full-body workout plan designed for the intermediate athlete to get in the best possible shape for a ski trip, and fast. All major muscle groups needed for skiing are targeted in a calendar optimized to build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Our skiing 2-week workout plan comes with a calendar, free access to the workouts, and support from the Ryan and Alex Duo Life team. As avid skiers ourselves, this is a proven plan to train hard for the best ski trip ever. 

day 1: focus t25 cardio

Duration: 25 minutes with an added 2.5 minute cool down
Equipment: None
Workout data, Alex: 161 bpm heart rate maximum and 123 calories burned
Workout data, Ryan: 169 bpm heart rate maximum and 355 calories burned
BONUS workout (after your scheduled workout): Wall sits until failure. Make sure your knees are bent to 90 degrees and that you are putting your weight into your heels. Breathe, visualize that fresh powder on the slopes,, and enjoy the burn!

Pep talk…

Alright, day one is the foundation for hitting the slopes strong with lower body strength moves, intense cardio, and a constant focus on engaging the core. The workout today is fast-paced compound movements. Make sure you maintain good form and DO NOT fight through any knee or back pain. Instead if you feel any pain, reduce the impact of the workout by follow the modifier on the screen. Below are pointers to get the most out of this workout.

  • Always engage the core. Core strength is critical for downhill skiing. Have you ever felt lower back soreness after Day One on the slopes? That is because your abs weren’t strong enough.
  • Focus on form with the lunges. Make sure you keep your knee behind your toe. Quadricep strength is incredibly important for skiing. On a multi-day ski trip, your quads are usually the first to go around the third day. Strong quads are going to protect your knees and allow you to give the mountain a beating… instead of the other way around.
  • Move really, really fast! This is a cardio workout. To maximize your 25-minutes and your heart rate, make sure you are pumping your arms wildly. Drive your hands from cheek (butt) to cheek (face) rapidly. Skiing requires cardiovascular endurance and we need to get ready for the slopes quickly. 
  • Get airborne! These plyometric moves are a huge component in this Skiing 2-Week Fitness Plan. These moves quickly strengthen your lower extremity muscles and trains them to be explosive. Exactly what you need to get that massive adrenaline fix and stay safe as you’re flying down the mountain in 12-inches of powder! Make sure you are bending your knees on the landing and jumping as high/far as you can with proper form.
  • Look out for strength imbalances. There are a lot of unilateral moves in this routine. Notice if you have any strength or balance differences between your right and left legs. Poor flexibility is the number one cause of injury but these imbalances are a close second, especially when you are doing high intensity sports like downhill skiing. These unilateral jump moves will expose any imbalances and they will improve in the coming weeks. Do your best, trust the process, and enjoy your progress!

What day is best to start?

It really doesn’t matter. You will be doing a workout, yoga, or active recovery for every day of the week for 30 minutes. Start as soon as possible! Monday works well.

What if I have more than 2 weeks?

That’s great! Way to be on top of it. This can be done more than once. You can also spread it out by mixing in your own training. Your Beachbody On Demand free trial, however, is only free for two weeks. After that, you’ll be charged the 3-month subscription price of $39.

What if I want to lift weights to prepare?

You don’t need to. Lower body strength, agility training, and explosive plyometric moves are a huge part of this program and are even more effective than weights for getting you slope-ready fast. How about this: if you can walk normally on Day 3 then go ahead and do weights!

What if I prefer to workout at the gym?

Go ahead. You can stream these workouts on your phone, tablet, or laptop and even download up to seven workouts for offline viewing. The gym is a great place to do that but it’s not necessary.

How much space do I need for the workouts?

The more you have, the better but you can always modify the moves so they fit in your available space. We regularly do these workouts in hotel rooms in a 6’x6′ area.

What fitness difficulty level is this program?

Intermediate to advanced. If you signed up to downhill ski, you are fit enough to do this. There is a modifier to follow in each workout if you feel the moves are too advanced. If you work out every day and consider yourself to be close to peak condition, this will still challenge your balance, flexibility, range of motion, and lower body strength and explosiveness.

Are you the trainer that streams the workouts?

No, we are not the personal trainers recording these videos. These are world-renowned, master trainers like Tony Horton, Shaun T, Autumn Calabrese who have professionally designed programs marketed through Beachbody. We are huge believers in the efficacy of their programs and, as Team Beachbody Coaches, we have ample experience doing these workouts with the trainers live as well as on our own. Our own successes at backcountry, free skiing are testaments to these workouts.

What is the cost of beachbody on demand?

As mentioned, this program includes a free 2-week trial of Beachbody on Demand. If you decide to continue after the 14 days is completed, you will pay $39 for a 3-month membership plan. If you would not like to pay, we will help you cancel and send automated email reminders before the trial is up.

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