How to Train Like the Fittest Meteorologist Ever

1st November 2017 | James Robles

News Regions: Colorado, Rocky Mountains

How to Train Like the Fittest Meteorologist Ever- ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Chris Tomer climbed all 58 of Colorado’s 14ers in 2009.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

When Chris Tomer predicts Colorado’s latest storm cycle, people listen. Whether his snowfall predictions are delivered via OnTheSnow’s weekly Snow Before You Go forecast or KWGN Channel 2 and KDVR FOX31, Tomer's loyal following is sure to tune in for the latest updates on when and where the white stuff will fall. Tomer holds an impressive resume and more than 10 years of experience bringing skiers and riders some of the most reliable mountain weather forecasts available. 

But he's not just a pretty face. Chris Tomer could smoke you on the slopes. What many of Tomer's viewers might not realize while ingesting his spot-on weather prognostications is that he is devoted to recreating in Colorado’s wildest and often highest places (those who follow him on social can reliably find this dedicated mountaineer atop any given snowy peak while the rest of us are just getting out of bed on the weekend). Aside from climbing all 58 of Colorado’s 14ers in 2009, Tomer is an active skier, runner and mountain biker. 

OnTheSnow had the opportunity to catch up with Tomer and learn more about his active lifestyle and the conditioning that keeps him in tiptop shape before, during and after the ski season. We weren’t surprised by his training regimen... just thoroughly impressed. If you’re planning on following Tomer's mountain forecasts in search of fresh snow this coming winter, you may want to do your legs and lungs a favor and check out his training schedule as well. 

Meteorologist Chris Tomer on a Denver area trail run.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Meteorologist Chris Tomer on a Denver area trail run.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

We understand you're really into hiking/climbing, running and mountain biking. Can you share some of your favorite locales for pre-season training?

I climb Kelso Ridge up Torreys Peak frequently. I like repetition and attempting to master particular routes. Other favorite peaks include the Maroon Bells, Pyramid, Capitol, Little Bear, Longs Peak, Citadel and Vestal Peak. Where do I run and mountain bike? My home turf is Green Mountain in Lakewood. I also like Mount Falcon, Mount Morrison, Hogback, North Table Mountain, South Boulder Peak and Horsetooth Rock.

Chris Tomer relishing another summit victory.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Chris Tomer relishing another summit victory.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

What's the weekly workout schedule you use to prep for the season look like?

I focus on consistency in two areas: muscle maintenance and mobility through proper position and strength. Overall, I'm going for quality over quantity. My typical weekly workout schedule:

Monday: Dynamic warmup, various resistance bands to work hips, legs and upper body. Kettle bell squats. Pullups with varying grips. Plyometric work with resistance bands.

Tuesday: Rest day, walking.

Wednesday: One hour of trail running or mountain biking at aerobic pace. Every other week at anaerobic pace. Dynamic cool down stretching. 

Thursday: Dynamic warmup, various resistance bands to work hips, legs and upper body. Kettle bell squats. Pullups with varying grips. Plyometric work with resistance bands.

Friday: Rest day, walking.

Saturday: Mountaineering. Either climb a 13er or 14er. This becomes ski mountaineering in the winter months. These workouts are a mix of aerobic and anaerobic. Total workout time ranges from a 3 to 12 hours.  

Sunday: Rest day, walking.  

Ski mountaineering with Chris Tomer.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Ski mountaineering with Chris Tomer.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

What type of diet do you follow and what snacks do you bring along while in the mountains to stay energized?

I tend to follow a Paleo and LCHF (low carb, high fat) diet. I do most workouts in a fasted state. On longer climbs, I take snacks like Rx Bars and peanut butter.

Tomer’s forecasts will be published on OnTheSnow.com along with OnTheSnow’s Ski & Snow Report app for iPhone and Android.

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Meteorologist Chris Tomer - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer
Meteorologist Chris Tomer - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer
Meteorologist Chris Tomer - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

 

 

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