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Functional strength training is the counterpart to flexibility training; flexibility training will help you to increase your range of motion, and strength will make sure your can control that motion. Many avid skiers use traditional strength training and concentrate on isolating and developing their quad muscles. Not only does this neglect the opposing hamstring muscles, but it will create an imbalance in how your leg muscles work together. Therefore, use functional training to develop your core strength and stability, then develop your quads, hamstrings and calves to create the full suite of muscle power you will need for a great ski season.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|