Preseason Ski Training with Grete Eliassen: Band Walks

26th July 2012 | OnTheSnow Staff

Band walks demonstrated by Grete Eliassen

Band walks demonstrated by Grete Eliassen

Copyright: Tim Shisler

Band Walks are an essential part of Grete Eliassen's preseason fitness routine that you can incorporate into your ski training. Mini-band walks target the gluteus medius and stabilizing muscles of the hips. This exercise is extremely important to skiers for proper landing technique and jump mechanics on the mountain. 

Band walks demonstrated by Grete Eliassen

Copyright: Tim Shisler

To complete this exercise successfully, start with a mini-band wrapped around your ankles. It's essential to have at least five lateral yards to perform this exercise.

Band walks demonstrated by Grete Eliassen

Copyright: Tim Shisler

Stay low in a quarter-squat position, turn your knees out and take a big sideways step followed by a halfway step with the other foot.

Band walks demonstrated by Grete Eliassen

Copyright: Tim Shisler

Repeat the sideways stepping motion to the left for five yards and then repeat to the right for another five yards. It's important to keep your hip level with your chest and your eyes up. If it's working, your hips will be burning just like Eliassen's. 

Start with two sets of 20 steps in each direction for this exercise.

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Speed ladders and other micro-plyometrics are another important preseason exercise to prepare for powerful jumping exercises. They incorporate dynamic balance, coordination, body control and quickness while also developing tendon and muscle structure.

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