Improve your ski strength before you hit the slopes!

Do you find your body feels totally exhausted half way through your ski or snowboard holiday? If so, the solution is simple. Prepare your body during the weeks leading up to your trip, it will help improve performance and reduce the chance of injuries and falls.

Specific training is important because winter sports use very different muscles. We asked our resident Fitness Instructor Flick Haines for some top tips!

“Barre is excellent for toning and building up your leg muscles. It really is the perfect pre-ski class. It absolutely helps improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance, stability, endurance and muscle definition – everything you need on the slopes!”

 “Barre focuses on the lower body, developing strength and flexibility from the ankles up through the calves, knees, thighs and glutes. Holding muscles in contraction for extended periods frequently can lead to them shaking as they fatigue.”

BARRE CLASSES at FOCUS | Tuesdays 8.45 to 9.30 | Thursdays 9.00 to 9.45

These classes are free with your Focus Membership.

Watch the FOCUS BARRE CLASS here!


Another discipline to try for skiing is TRX!

Skiers love to use TRX because no matter what exercise you perform, you’re pretty much guaranteed to use your core muscles effectively as gravity can be your worst enemy. Here are 5 of the best TRX exercises, recommended by website

  1. Bodyweight squats (knee depth)
  2. Forward-Reverse Lunge (maintain upright torso)
  3. Clock Hops (half a meter hops front-centre-right-center-back-center-left-center)
  4. Curtsy Lunge with trunk rotation (towards back leg)
  5. Downward Dog to Front Step (replace right hand with right foot and repeat)


If you’re interested in using TRX to prepare for the slopes, please contact our Personal Trainers who will be able to set up a bespoke programme for you.