Sometimes, getting back to basics really enables one to strip away the useless fluff and unleash the machine within, or at least that is the misconception I operate under. As sport specific as climbing and skiing are, the core, adaptive fitness takes a back seat, til now…
With the growth of Crossfit and Mt Athlete, I think it is time to reconsider what real mountain fitness is. First, let’s examine some benchmarks to gauge what constitutes a fit skier or climber. Then we will break down the components.
Skiing requires dynamic leg strength and power endurance to competently ski a big alpine run in any condition.
Touring like nordic skiing delves into deeper muscle endurance and specific fitness that must be trained in the discipline.
One aspect that all of these disciplines have in common is adaptive, core fitness.