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Condition for the slopes in the off-season...

Wouldn't it be great to hit the slopes this winter and not feel rusty from months of no skiing? Imagine swooshing down the hill for the first run of the season with a great sense of control, strength, and confidence that you usually don't feel until after a few weeks of practice? Trampoline exercise can help you get there. It not only gives you a great workout, increasing your stamina and strengthening your muscles, but it also tunes-up your coordination, balance, and spatial awareness, all of which are very important for a great skiing experience.

The rebounding action of a trampoline mimics the motion of skiing. Think of the vertical compression and decompression you feel as you slalom back and forth, the flexing of the hamstring muscles as you lean into each turn, and the contracting of the quadriceps as you bend into your tuck position. Jumping on a trampoline recreates these muscle movements as it also recreates the random, ever-changing environment of skiing down a mountain slope because no two trampoline jumps are the same.

The best exercise equipment for skier conditioning

The randomness of trampoline rebounding exercise specifically helps develop the spatial awareness needed for good skiing. While jumping, the body automatically adjusts to maintain its balance through the acceleration, deceleration, and weightlessness that occurs with each rebound. Although you may not directly feel it, every muscle, nerve, and cell in your body works in response to these forces. And with each jump your body improves its ability to anticipate, prepare for, and react to each impact. No other gym-room apparatus can do so much!

The conditioning that comes with rebounding is mental as well as physical. In addition to forcing the body to acquire an understanding of its position in space, rebounding improves the ability of the musculoskeletal system to respond and compensate. The mental quickness you develop will show itself in the quickening ability of your body to adapt to its surrounding environment and the physical conditioning will show itself as stronger muscles and bones. The combination of the two will enable your body to remain balanced and responsive no matter what happens—just like it must do while skiing down the mountain slopes.

Spend more time on the slopes and less time in the hot tub

The more you exercise on a trampoline during the off-season, the more your winter ski experience will be exhilarating instead of frustrating. Trampoline exercise can improve the condition of skiers of any age, but can be especially helpful for middle-aged adults who may not engage in physical exercise as regularly as do their younger counterparts. So before you hit the slopes, schedule in some time on the trampoline. You'll have a lot less muscle fatigue and soreness, and a lot more fun. And you'll feel great about being able to keep up with teenagers.