It is difficult to train specifically for skiing and ski racing because sliding on
skis is hard to replicate in the gym. The gym is important for improving
fitness but training our muscles to maintain balance requires a different
The SkiA Sweetspot Trainer can improve our ability to control fore-aft
balance because it teaches us exactly where to stand to maintain balance.
The trainer uses different size blocks that allow the user to gradually
improve their skills so that they can refine their balance. When we stand
on our skis and our skis begin to slide, we contract our core. The SkiA
Trainer forces us to engage our core to maintain balance and thus
teaches us how to manage for-aft balance.
To make perfectly carved turns we need to be balanced on our skis' sweet
spot. Depending on our height and weight and the length of our levers (i.e.
legs) the sweet spot is different for every skier. Finding the sweet spot and
developing the skills to stay in that place throughout the turn is the
difference between an average skiers and a great skier.
We all know the feeling, but maintaining the sensation throughout the turn
can be fleeting. The trick is to keep the hips forward, ankles flexed and the
core engaged when the terrain changes, and the terrain is always
changing. When we ski directly across the fall line the terrain is essentially
flat but as soon as we turn our skis down the fall line everything changes
and we must move forward to maintain balance. When the turn brings us
back across the fall line the topography eases off again and we need to
continue to manage our for-aft balance.
The Sweetspot SkiA Trainer is a great tool for finding our point of balance
and refining our ability to stay in balance. Give it a try.