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Who's joining me? Ski fit in 8wks

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SkiBumMum Thu 03-Jan-13 15:17:15

I need buddies!

poshme Thu 03-Jan-13 15:19:45

I need to be ski fit in 6 weeks but I doubt it'll happen! I have no will power at all. Last year I was much fitter, and did a DVD (only 20 mins) every day for 2 months b4 going skiing. This year I just really want to sit on the sofa every night (nearly 2yo DD drives me demented so at the end of the day I'm shattered)!
What are you planning to do to get fit?

SkiBumMum Thu 03-Jan-13 15:27:14

I'm not sure! I have almost 4yo and 15mo DDs and am at work so time is scarce. I'm determined though I want to enjoy it. Which DVD did you do?

clam Thu 03-Jan-13 20:43:13

Yoohoo! I'm in!
I'm off on Feb 16th, so have 6 and a half weeks to not only get fit but lose around a stone. Salopettes a bit on the snug side!
I've done 3 days of Rosemary Conley's DVD so far - about half an hour per session. I'm also going to make the dog break into a trot on an extra spin around the block each day, dust down our old stepper (as thigh muscles SHOT) and I might sign up for Zumba if I can get some girls to come with me. I might accompany dh to the gym at weekends and go on the stepper and cross-trainer there.
Sounds good? I'm determined. A few years back I did nothing, and really suffered on long runs in powder.

poshme Thu 03-Jan-13 21:11:17

Wow! Clam you are dedicated!
I did a DVD which is just 10 minute slots- I focussed on doing the thigh& bum stuff b4 skiing (previously mostly did the tummy bits). I also walk dog every day, pushing pram unless DD walks in which case it's soooo slow it doesn't count as exercise. She's 1.11
I have now got a very steeply sloping garden, so though I might run up and down it a few times each day to start off with.
So, my daily aims (once kids are back at school)
- 3-5 runs down to bottom of garden & back (I know it sounds small but at moment just once up & I'm out of breath)
Longer dog walk each day
20 minutes thigh blaster DVD

clam Thu 03-Jan-13 21:16:43

Hmm, well it's easy to be dedicated on day 3. Let's see how it all pans out when I'm back at work next week - I don't have small children to factor in to timings - mine are teens and don't appear to need to do any limbering up for skiing. They just get up and go, and not a whinge of aching muscles or anything.
I think I need to be a bit more focussed about exactly what I'm going to eat or not. I've been good so far, and no alcohol either (big step!) but I think I need to return to WeightWatchers really. Not sure.

poshme Thu 03-Jan-13 21:23:15

I'm so dedicated I'm waiting till the kids go back to school on Tuesday..hmm

CaurnieBred Thu 03-Jan-13 21:53:54

Me! Currently cycling on the school run but am thinking of swapping that to going on my scooter as that really works my thighs!

NotSpartacus Thu 03-Jan-13 21:55:35

I'm doing couch to 5k at the moment.
I have 2 kids and work ft, so do it between 6 and 7 am - it's so dark then noone can see my bum wobble.

JumpJockey Fri 04-Jan-13 16:14:44

I'm off in 8 weeks too, currently my training is cycling 3 miles each way to and from work with a 70 kg load (bakfiets bike plus 2 kids grin) which I hope counts a bit like doing leg presses...! What else should I be doing apart from the dreaded wall sit?

poshme Fri 04-Jan-13 17:32:18

Today- I've gone down our garden and run up once (it's very long and steep- steep enough not to be drivable IYSWIM
Ive walked dog pushing heavy pram up a steep hill (only about 20 mins)
And that's it. Tonight I should do my DVD but will probably watch TV drinking lots of wine

OwlMother Sat 05-Jan-13 17:42:22

Eek. Finding this all a bit scary. We're heading off on our first ever ski holiday in six weeks, have done about 12 hours of lessons here on a dry slope but obviously this doesn't compare to a week away.

What particularly do you think needs to be worked on? My stamina is pretty good- I walk ( fast!!) everywhere but is it more about muscle toning?

VivaLeBeaver Sat 05-Jan-13 17:47:01


Going in mid march.

Have just bought a turbo trainer for my bike so I can cycle infront of the tv in the evening! Fed up of not been ale to ski for as long as I'd like to because my quads are killing me. I reckon cycling is the way to go for preparing.

Doshusallie Sat 05-Jan-13 17:48:53

Owl thighs - it's thighs. And arms so you can pole if necessary.

clam Sat 05-Jan-13 19:19:32

I've noticed it's easier all round if I've been power-walking for a few months before going. But yes, agree with Dosh that it's the thighs that are crucial - and calf muscles if you're going to be on long drag lifts. Try sitting against a wall with knees bent at a right angle - that's a good indicator of how much it'll hurt if you don't get prepared. Oh, and if you want to avoid that 'cardboard slats in the calf muscles' feeling when you're away, for goodness sake do stretching exercises before and after a day's skiing - particularly after!
DH has just reminded me that there's a good thingy on the Wii Fit that he used a lot last year. Trouble is, last time I logged on to the Wii, it told the whole room how much weight I'd put on since the previous effort. blush

OwlMother Sat 05-Jan-13 21:47:52

Thanks. Think poles are a bit beyond me yet. Will have a think about thighs! I'll try the awful wall stress position thing. Might venture to ask the scary Pilates instructor for exercises. But might not...

VivaLeBeaver Sun 06-Jan-13 20:23:12

I did 20 mins on the tubo trainer last night. 30 mins cycling today. Thighs are aching so must be doing something.

clam Mon 07-Jan-13 14:05:50

Blimey. The scales are telling me I've lost 5lbs already!!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 07-Jan-13 16:15:38

Well done clam, that's good going.

I've waled for an hour today and then 30 mins cycling.

iwantanafternoonnap Mon 07-Jan-13 23:31:43

I go in 4 weeks and tried my kit on yesterday and I couldn't get the trousers past my thighs!! So not only am I unfit but I'll look like a weeble huffing and a puffing down the slopes!

Very pissed off with myself! I am trying to get fit but so far have sat on the sofa all night!

clam Tue 08-Jan-13 22:30:28

iwant Just bow to the inevitable and get yourself down to TKMAxx and buy a cheapie pair the next size or two up.

iwantanafternoonnap Wed 09-Jan-13 15:52:38

I am searching the internet for the next size or two up. Damn my love of food and laziness!

FannyBazaar Wed 09-Jan-13 21:58:33

I was told last season (by rep who used to be Fitness Instructor) that cycling was the best way to prepare for skiing. I cycle a lot these days to and from work and around during the day and certainly found I had no aching muscles the last couple of ski trips. Good luck all.

clam Mon 21-Jan-13 20:29:50

OK, so I'm afraid I'm out of this.
On my way downstairs last Monday to do my DVD, I slipped and fell, and have spent the last week in hospital recovering from surgery to pin a rod through by broken tibia!

No skiing for me this year. sad sad sad sad

massistar Tue 22-Jan-13 11:07:54

my DH and I did the snowboard version of this before we went and it was great. Hard going but I really noticed the difference in my legs. Also did lots of squats with weights and ski jumps at boot camp.

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