Fitness for Ski Instructor Training: Long and Strong 5

Todays Fitness for ski instructor training follows on from last weeks session building on the weights and reps used last week. As we start using more weight your form because more and more important. As soon as you sacrifice form or range of motion drop the weight. Similarly try and follow the tempo guidelines strictly. This will mean you have to go a lot lighter. It is great if you can have a friend count the tempo for you, this way you will not speed up when it gets tough.

To recap the tempo works as follows.

2,4,x,1 – When ever you see a series of numbers & letters written like this it is a short hand way of describing the tempo of a movement. The series of digits could be anything 3,0,0,1 or 6,6,x,2 but the way you interpret them is always the same.

The first digit refers to the time spent on the eccentric part of an exercise. The eccentric part is where a muscles is lengthened under tension. For example as you move from a standing position down into a squat, or as you lower your chin from above the bar in a pull up back below the bar. If the number here is 2 you spend 2 seconds making that part of the movement if it is 6 you spend 6 seconds making that part of the movement.

The second digit refers to the part of the exercise that immediately follows the eccentric part. In a squat this would be the pause at the bottom in that seated position before you drive back up. In the pull up that would be hanging with your arms completely straight. Again spend the amount of time in seconds indicated by the number in that position.

The third digit or number refers to the concentric part of the movement. This is where a muscle shortens under tension. In a squat that would be returning from the bottom to standing and in a pull up it would be moving yourself from hanging with straight arms to having your chin above the bar. If you see a number here spend the amount of time indicated in seconds performing that part of the movement. If you see an X here perform that part of the movement as explosively as possible.

The fourth and final digit refers to the part of the movement that follows the concentric phase. In a squat this would be standing, and in a pull up this would be holding yourself stationary with your chin above the bar. Again spend the amount of time in seconds here indicated by the number.

Warm Up

Agile 8

500m Row

Main Resistance Training

Six sets of 
Pause Front Squat at 2,4,X,1 tempo plus 2 Front Squats
(Perform a controlled two-second descent, then hold at the bottom for four seconds before quickly driving up to the top, then breathe, brace and perform another 2 front squats with no tempo restrictions. Build over the course of the six sets to your heaviest set possible within the tempo guidelines. Sets listed are work sets you may want to perform a selection of warm up sets)

Every 120 seconds, for 16 minutes (8 sets):
 DB Snatch x 2 reps each arm
(Goal is perfect reps, drive through the heels and finish in full extension. Do not rest for 90 seconds between sets before going through your set up. Start a running clock perform the first 2 reps on each arm. When the clock hits 90 seconds be ready and immediately perform the next set and so on.)

Every 90 seconds, for 9 minutes (6 sets):
Back Squat x 3 reps at 73 – 83% of 1-Rm
(Same as above, this is not 90 seconds rest. It is 90 seconds then you must be ready to go.)

Four rounds for max reps of:

20 reps of Jumping Lunges (choose a weight that allows you to complete all 20 reps)
Rest 45 seconds
  • 5 Strict pulls (choose a scaled version if needed)
  • Rest 45 seconds

Cool Down

Sealfit Hip Mobility drill

Full body foam roll