2. Sledding Push-Off. Begin seated on the floor with your legs out long, and your body leaning back with your arms supporting you behind your back (fingertips towards you) with soft elbows. As if you were pushing off the snow to begin sledding downhill, dip yourself back so that your elbows come closer to the floor (remembering to keep your shoulders pressed down away from your ears and your core engaged). Press back up to where you started. As you dip down again, rotate to one side and drop one elbow, placing the opposite arm on your hip, as if you were rocking to one side of the sled. Come back to the center and dip again and then rock to the other side. Repeat sequence six times. This is great for your upper body and obliques!
3. Ski for Speed. This drill simulates telemark and downhill skiing. Begin in a lunge with your back foot lifted in a telemark position . Jump up and switch the feet and land in a lunge so that you are skiing with the opposite leg in front. Next, slalom by jumping feet together and over to the right, sitting into the right hip (pictured right). Work to keep your heels on the floor and knees and feet together, and counterbalance with your arms before jumping to the other side. Repeat sequence for 60 seconds.
Slip and glide!
4. Snowboard Slip & Glide. In an exaggerated snowboard stance, sit into a squat with your hands out in front of you for balance. Shift your weight into your right leg, picking up your right heel into a side slip and do it eight times. Next, place your heel down and glide by tapping your left foot back behind the right foot and back out to the side eight times. This works your butt and legs, and is a great balance challenge for the core!
5. Snowball Fight. Begin with feet shoulder distance apart. With the right leg in front, sit into a deep squat (back flat, heels down), with arms in front of your face as if preparing to throw a snowball. Next, run forward right-left-right, circling the back arm forward to throw the snowball. Be sure to keep the core engaged to help maintain your balance on one leg as you throw the snowball. Then run backwards left-right-left and sit back into your squat. Take bigger steps to increase your heart rate! Repeat for 60 seconds.
6. Snow Angel Abs. Begin on your back with your legs stretched out wide and your arms at your sides. Simultaneously close your legs and reach your arms above your head. Engage your core and lift both legs and arms up off the floor. Hold for a count of four. Slowly lower back down to floor and return to your starting position. Repeat the sequence six times.
Cozy Fire Cool Down Stretch. Once you’ve been through the circuit four times, it’s time to cool down! Begin lying on your back with your arms and legs stretched out long. Slowly curl your body up on one side, rounding the spine, pulling your knees in towards your chest and hold for a count of four. Return to your back with your arms and legs stretched out long and repeat on other side. Repeat this sequence four times.
A big thanks to Sara for the winter interval training! The weather outside might be frightful, but this workout is so delightful! —Jenn