It is still warm and sunny outside, but the start of the new skiing and snowboarding season is not that far off – it is the perfect time to get fit for winter. It is precisely for this reason that our partner Peak Performance has launched a new training and running collection. The products combine a casual, urban style with functional technologies, such as wind- and waterproof materials that are also breathable. Peak Performance is already famous for pulling off such a great combination. The garments include the Pender running tight and the West 4th Street running jacket, which go together beautifully. With this range you will always look great during outdoor workouts._DSC4831asdf

In collaboration with former professional snowboarder Michelle Ford, who is now a personal trainer, Peak Performance has developed some exercises that are ideal for pre-winter training. We are going to explain three of these exercises – the rest of the programme can be found here.

1. Side jumps

Fast, explosive side jumps are a perfect way to practise speed, balance and stability all at once. Skiers, above all, really need these muscles activated for carving. Snowboarders can also benefit from good balance and reinforced buttock muscles.

2. Pulling up knees during a ring plank

This is one of the best exercises to practise stability in the buttocks. Hanging your feet in the rings while holding up your body with your arms already requires a certain amount of strength, stability and body tension. If, on top of that, you also pull your knees forward, you should make sure your arms and shoulders stay in the same position. Hips should push upwards during the movement and your knees should go towards your chest. All in all a very efficient exercise that also works coordination. We recommend keeping a towel nearby, you’re going to need it ;-)

3. Box jumps

On the piste you are likely to experience unexpected changes to your surroundings. Because of suddenly-formed ice sheets or mounds of snow, skiers and snowboarders need to be in a position where they can quickly react to their changing environment. This means having extremely strong thighs – this can be achieved through box jump training. During this exercise you should keep your feet wide apart and your back straight throughout. Power should come primarily from your thighs and the swing in your arms.