How to be "Ski Fit"*

Thursday, 19 April 2018, By Helen Kennedy

I recently had a fabulous week of skiing in northern Japan.

Over the last 7 months, I've been doing lots of cycling with many lovely hills, running a couple of times a week and including squats and lunges in my weight training sessions.

Having consistently trained in the lead up to my ski holiday, I was confident of having strong quads and core. On our 1st morning of skiing, after adequate fuelling at the breakfast buffet and limbering up with a few squats and side lunges, we hit the slopes of Furano.  I was immediately conscious of how strong my legs and core felt.  About 3pm, it was only my cold fingers and toes that prompted the decision to stop and head for the onsen (Japanese hot spring bath).

Vision client Katrina was also delighted with her level of fitness and improved leg strength, attributed to her PT sessions of leg work and cardio.

Our fellow skiers endured varying degrees of muscle fatigue, soreness and regret for not being ski fit!

Prepare for your ski holiday with the following exercises:

Walking/ running


Stationary bike/ spin bike - intervals of varying pace and resistance/ seated and standing on spin bike


Cross trainer

Step ups

Strength exercises for legs - squats/ lunges (front and side)/ leg press, deadlifts

Core exercises - all weight training, rower, leg lowers, glute bridge

Helen's tips for enjoying your ski holiday

  1. Regular weight training and cardio sessions for 3 months leading up to ski trip
  2. Include extra leg and core exercises
  3. Eat a nutritious breakfast
  4. Warm up before skiing with some squats, side lunges
  5. Engage your core when skiing
  6. Stretch and/ or enjoy Japanese onsen after skiing!

Remember most of all to have fun and enjoy the experience, you have put in the hard work to be "Ski Fit"

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.

Join Wahroonga

Wahroonga Studio Articles

Post-Covid Mindset

Post-Covid Mindset*

Personal Training

My Big Scary Goal

My Big Scary Goal*

Personal Training

The 6 Human Needs!

The 6 Human Needs!*

Personal Training

My Journey

My Journey*

Personal Training

Life Changing

Life Changing*

Personal Training

Personal Development

Personal Development*

Personal Training

How to be

How to be "Ski Fit"*

Personal Training

Why Do I Run- Part 2

Why Do I Run- Part 2*

Personal Training

Why Do I Run- Part 1

Why Do I Run- Part 1*

Personal Training

Wahroonga Studio Testimonials

10kg Loss!-before10kg Loss!-after

Jan Williamson

10kg Loss!*

Muscle Gain-beforeMuscle Gain-after

Adin Scalone

Muscle Gain*

18kg down-before18kg down-after

Bridget Byrnes

18kg down*

Couple Success-beforeCouple Success-after

Kerry Watts

Couple Success*

16 Kg Loss-before16 Kg Loss-after

Justin Engelbrecht

16 Kg Loss*


Jan Williamson


*Individual results vary based on agreed goals

Connect With Us

Transform Your Life

with a Vision Personal Trainer

Thank you for your enquiry.

A studio representative will get back to you as soon as possible.