Absolutely loving watching all the action from the ‘Extreme Park’ at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics! Snowboarding, cross country skiing & biathlon amongst others, and it’s got me thinking as to the type of training involved for these leg and lung busting sports. It appears that the one thing they all seem to have in common is that strength training is incorporated into the athletes fitness routines. Strength training helps prevent injuries and assists in all aspects of fitness including aerobic strength and endurance.
Jenny Jones, the Snowboard bronze medallist has been at the top of her sport for more than six years. Her off-season training appears to involve a lot of bodyweight exercises that focus on the lower body and also build core strength. Cyclists can also benefit from strength training during the off-season as it will help build stamina & strength and improve overall efficiency on the bike in preparation for those Spring & Summer Sportives. Consider bodyweight exercises such as squats, squat jumps, multi-directional lunges, press ups, planks and glute bridges, all of which will help to boost your performance and get more power to those pedals.