In this section we shall cover the relative importance
of both muscular strength and muscular endurance in skiing.
Muscular strength is the amount force a muscle can exert against
resistance. Muscular endurance, on the other hand, is how long a workload
can be sustained for before fatigue sets in.
At lower levels, the muscular strength required to propel your own body
and equipment down the mountain is relatively small. But at advanced
levels, the forces can be considerably greater. For example, a fast carved
turn can create loads of up to 3 times that of gravity (3g).
Once again, it will depend on your current fitness level and the type
of skiing you do as to what type of strength training will benefit you
However, for the majority of recreational skiers, muscular endurance
is generally more important than strength. Unless, of course, you are
seriously out of condition. For example, if you are not able to do a
single press-up, then getting up after a fall will be very difficult.
Similarly, if youíre struggling to do one or two bent-leg sit-ups,
this indicates a weakness in your abdominal muscles which will have an
adverse affect on your posture and balance.