The Best 10-Minute Workout To Get You Ready For That Epic Ski Trip
As a resident of Idaho, my family and I are all OBSESSED with skiing. We always look forward to hitting the slopes the second the snow falls! It’s a wonderful way to bond with family, exercise and have fun! If you want to hit the slopes harder this year, I recommend beginning this workout 30 days before your next ski trip! You’ll have your family and friends saying “Whoa!” “Ahh!” “Black Diamond?!” “Who is this!?”
Dumb Bell Deadlifts Workout – 20 Seconds
**Thank you Shape Magazine for the advice on this one!**
- Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding the dumbbells in front of thighs with palms facing the body.
- With a slight bend in knees, push hips back and slowly slide weights down legs toward the floor while keeping spine long and abs tight.
- Push through the heels to return to standing. “Squeezing your buttocks on the way up will help engage your glutes as well as your hamstrings—double bonus,” says Scholl.
- Continue for 20 seconds (aim for 10 reps).
Squats – 20 Seconds
- Start standing with feet just slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
- Sit your butt back into a squat, without letting your knees go past your toes. Make sure your weight is in your heels, and keep your chest up.
- Continue for 20 seconds.
Plank – 30 Seconds
- Start with your forearms and knees on the ground, shoulder-width apart. Elbows should be stacked underneath the shoulders, your forearms straight in front of you on the ground.
- Lift your knees off the ground and push your feet back to bring your body to full extension, so your body creates one long line.
- Keep your core tight and your hips lifted, and keep your neck in line with your spine.
- Hold for 30 seconds.
Split Leg Lunge – 30 Seconds
- Start in a lunge position
- Bend your knee in a 90-degree angle over your front foot
- Drive upwards and switch legs
- Repeat for 20 seconds
Side Plank – 30 Seconds
- Lay on your side with your forearm flat on the floor
- Bottom elbow lined up directly under your shoulder and both legs extended out in a long line
- Feet can either be staggered for more stability, or stacked for more of a challenge
- Engage your core and lift your hips off the floor, forming a straight line from your head to your feet.
- Hold for 30 seconds
- Your top hand can be on side of hip (easier) or reaching up to the ceiling (harder)
Rest. Repeat this circuit a total of 3 times.
Doing this workout 3-5x/week for 30-45 days will help strengthen your core and legs and really bring out the over-achiever in you! Hop on the gondola because you’re headed all the way to the top!