STAYING FIT WITH GB SNOWSPORT

Whether you’re a pro athlete trying to maintain peak fitness off-season or just trying to keep yourself active when you can’t get out there, it can be tricky to find ways to maintain key muscles used in the mountains when you’ve only got your living room or back garden to work with. Luckily, our friends at GB Snowsport have done the legwork for us – literally. Looking for some workout inspiration, motivation or a few tips to help keep you fit and ready for when we can head for the mountains once again? Look no further.

Meet The Athletes

Jamie Nicholls – Park and Pipe Snowboard

Charlie Guest – Alpine Ski

Mani Cooper – Combined Nordic 

Leonie Gerken-Schofield – Freestyle Ski

Makayla Gerken-Schofield – Freestyle Ski

Inspiration

Looking for some motivation? Working out and staying fit doesn’t have to be dull. Check out these fun and alternative workout ideas from Jamie, Leonie and Makayla. Re-create Jamie’s parkour-style garden obstacle course or take inspiration from Leonie and Makayla’s ultimate workout compilation. 


Train Like The Athletes

If you’re keen to get it done but need some ready-made workouts to get you started, why not give these athlete workouts a try? 

Mani's Core Strength Workout

“First thing of the workout is the warm-up, that’s one of the most important things to get your heart really pumping.”

 

Warm up ideas:

 

• Bike or turbo trainer

• Skipping

• Step jumps

“After getting your heart really working you feel ready for the workout. The second most important thing is mobilisation and making sure you have been stretching all the muscles before and after your workout.”

 

Mani’s favourite stretches: 

 

• Ankle rotations

• Standing wall calf stretch

• Standing quad stretch

• Standing knee to chest stretch

• Downward-facing dog hamstring stretch

• Standing figure-four stretch

• Pigeon pose

• Bent over thoracic extension and rotation

• Front-to-back leg swings

• Side-to-side leg swings

• Standing knee circles

• Standing single knee circles

• Hip circles

• Standing single hip circles

• Standing torso twists

• Standing wide leg forward bend

Mani's Expert Tip:

 

“After I’ve got my heart really pumping and I feel really ready, I start on my workout. I do the workout exercises for three minutes. If that’s too hard, reduce them, start off with one minute then week-by-week just keep upping the time."

 

“Another important thing for the workout is make sure you’ve got something to drink. Quite a helpful thing is a bit of music for a bit of motivation .”

Mani’s go-to workout exercises:

 

• Sit ups

• Side to sides

• Planks

• Hip thrusters

• Lunges

• 1-leg lift

• Double leg lift

• Wall sit

• The cutter

• The hip twist 

Follow Mani's workout:

Charlie's Lower Body and Core Circuit

You can do this workout with things you can normally find in a house or garden. Charlie uses:

 

• A wheelie bin

• Some milk or juice bottles filled with water and placed in a heavy-duty shopping bag

• A chair

• An exercise mat (or a towel)

• A medicine ball (you could use any heavy object here, like a full milk bottle)

• A Swiss ball (this is not essential)

 

Exercises:

 

• Squat press

• Weighted rear-foot elevated split squat

• Weighted single leg deadlift

• Weighted jump squat

• Weighted step up knee raise

• Single leg glute bridge on Swiss ball (if you don’t have a Swiss ball you can do a single leg glute bridge)

• Supine alternating arm and leg extension (with or without a Swiss ball)

• Flutter kicks

Follow Charlie's workout: