Now, I had not been on the boards Since March, but within 3 runs, I was skiing one of my best first days ever. You know the type, smooth linked turns, reasonably fast speeds, etc.
I felt so good after the first 7 runs, I went right inside and demoed for the rest of the day the new skis I have been eying (Nordica Speedmaker Mach 2s, which by the way, cost way more than my first car!).
By the third hour, I was a little surprised at how good I felt. I knew I was training hard most of the year, but “What’s so different this year” I kept asking.
Then, on my next ride up the quad, it hit me – Core Strength and Balance. That’s it!
As simple as it is, I had done more of my stability and balance regimens at least two nights a week on the floor after coming home from practice, usually while watching sports.
And what enormous gains in skiing performance, especially on the new high performance boards! The difference in trunk strength was so noticeable. Turns were much smoother, edging and initiation much better than ever. Really big gains in balance too. (I know, your thinking this guys a DABCO, is he getting soft?)
And then I looked for the lesson here. It really is Core Strength and Balance which has kept me going hard in so many ways.
And it’s also always Core Strength and balance in my top performing clients too!
And you know what? All of my tele-classes, writings and products at Perfect Practice are based upon these very same principles too!
(to be continued)