Core Strengthening for Ski Conditioning

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Core | 0 comments


Pilates and CoreAlign® for Ski Conditioning 

Betsy Walker demonstrating an exercise on the CoreAlign® to simulate skiing

Many CoreAlign® exercises use muscle groups needed for Skiing..

Are you ready this year’s ski season ?  

Be Prepared by challenging your mind and body! 

What you need to know before doing any of the exercises promoted by trainers and athletes is to mindfully move your body using the correct muscle groups and proper body mechanics. After combing the internet to see what instruction is available for ski conditioning exercises, I failed to find this information.

Would you like to know how to engage the “core” muscles while doing your ski conditioning exercises? While most consider the “core” as “abs,” in fact they’re not. Rather the “core” muscles are the deep stabilizing muscles of the spine and pelvis, which include the diagram, pelvic floor muscles, multifidus, and transversus abdominis muscle.

Would you like to enjoy skiing your best for many years to come?

Since I hurt my back some 20+ years ago on the US Women’s Pro-Tour, I’ve stepped back to re-examine how I was conditioning and using my body. Around age 40 I realized that needed my body to carry me through life without misery. If you’re over 40 and worn your joints out, you know what I’m talking about.

Betsy Walker uses Pilates to build core strength

Betsy Walker Uses Pilates for Ski Conditioning

Has anyone ever taught you how to engage your core?

Actually, there’s more to it than you think. A tremendous amount of brain work with the use of specific breathing techniques is involved. I teach these concepts in the very first Pilates and CoreAlign® sessions because they work!

Your first step to learning how to engage your “core” is simple.

Take my free Odyssey Rx Self Assessment,  to see where you stand going into the 2014/15 ski season.

You will receive a special introductory offer to try Pilates or CoreAlign® and feel the difference!

You’re also invited you to explore some of the core muscles in my 5 Steps to Preventing Back Pain Series.

” Take the Journey Toward Greater Vitality and a More Active Lifestyle “


By Betsy Walker

PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher®

#pilates, #skiing, #snowboarding, #corealignpilates, #skiconditioning


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