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skimottaret wrote:
Fred Lepine has released two more fitness videos, these utilise typical gym equipment and are excellent in addition to his bodyweight workouts


http://youtube.com/v/oZEPISxrSmw&t=66s


http://youtube.com/v/xULGC9-ZM-E&t=25s



Excellent too. Thanks again.

BTW the links to these videos on your web page are down Sad

http://www.insideoutskiing.com/info/fitness.html
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Since this thread is back up I'd like to say thanks to @bar shaker and @Chamcham for their rowing machine recommendations. I bought one that week and I'm now officially a 10 stone weakling again! But seriously, apart from a bit of weight loss, at 60 I have springy legs and the stiff back is just about gone plus there are all the cardio benefits.

Never used any gym kit before but enjoying this.
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@Mike Pow, thanks for letting me know, not sure what happened there but hopefully links back up again....

Feeling shamed as to not doing more of Fred's excellent workouts Sad
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I've been doing these for a while now. I decided that the 'don't try to do full sets right away' was only for soft people, not seasoned athletes like myself Laughing . I've played a lot of sport in my life to a decent standard and I'm no stranger to a good hiding. I can honestly say that I have never felt muscle pain like it. 10/10
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@BoardieK, I'm glad to hear it. It's the best bit of gym kit I've owned, and the only one I'm still using regularly Smile
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https://foreverfitscience.com/leg-blasters/


I've been doing these for a while now. I decided that the 'don't try to do full sets right away' was only for soft people, not seasoned athletes like myself . I've played a lot of sport in my life to a decent standard and I'm no stranger to a good hiding. I can honestly say that I have never felt muscle pain like it. 10/10


They're great, I do HIIT 5 times a week and always work extra hard on legs especially in the Autumn with skiing in mind, the leg blasters are a regular occurrence in my programme. Whilst I've always kept in shape it made a huge difference to my skiing and enjoyment of, when I started doing specific training.
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@Mike Pow, @skimottaret, I'm too old to do those 31 exercises.....


Not that I'm too unfit.......

Just that I could not remember them all at my age Laughing

The ones at 14 and 15 I'd just be a mess.

I just stick to endurance via cycling and running along with some yoga / stretching, though currently have an annoying hip / groin strain, that's not getting better, but there again I never really rest my body.

Have started running again, and calf muscle is painful on the flat but fine when climbing and descending which is 90% of the running out here.

I'm also getting better at letting it go / not holding back running down steeper inclines and you can really feel that in the quads, you can almost gallop down which is sort of similar to a couple of exercise in the vid.

Four weeks time I'm back ski touring and even though I'm the oldest I know I should be one of the fittest, hopefully, well at least on the up for a couple of hours!

And that's important as I'll not be too knackered for the down.


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Last year I did loads of HIIT and tbph my body seemed to get used to it, 3-4 classes a week, I didnt see much improvement after initial boost. Also my knees started feeling it. Now i'm mountain biking much more and feel much fitter on the climbs, albeit need to lose a bit round my middle, sit ups, trunk twists and oblique mountain climbers, plus lunges and squats, all doable at home starts Monday (big weekend on the mountainbikes and beer/ pub food first in Yorkshire Dales). I hate running, I know its cheap and the roads are free but it's not me, when the nights close in its big lights for my mtb or spin bike in garage if superbad weather.
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Crossfit sorts me out every time! Three hours a week and you feel invisible Very Happy
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This is the time of year I start to regret Sunday BBQ's and Friday afternoons in the beer garden. Because we've done a lot of work on the house my road cycling hasn't been as full on as usual however I've started running again and stupidly entered a marathon in April so hopefully the fact I've spent £55 on that (as well as the embarrassment of not completing it) should spur me on to lose a bit of lard in time for Feb.
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@BoardieK, They are seriously good machines for getting ski fit.

I'm now doing at least one 10k row in heart rate zone 2 each week, as well as HIIT sessions and a 'flat out' 5k (still can't quite break 20 minutes!). The zone 2 workout is not only pure fat burning, but it also gives much better mitochondria density and trains your muscles to process fuel much more efficiently.

As you have found, the benefits for posture, back muscles and overall cardio fitness are all very welcome.
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+1 for rowing machines! I'm always surprised they don't get more interest for skiing, as it works your legs and cardio so excellently, and agree about back strength, if your technique is ok.

Things like low stroke rate session (<20) also provide a good mix up.

You do have to be careful about technique though - the Concept2 website has very good, free, technique section and also work out suggestions.

I bought my machine (Concept2, the standard gym model, and for "proper" rowers too) for ~£532 second hand in 2013, it was 4 years old, model D. That is obviously quite a lot of cash, but also show the resale market is pretty strong. Done a few million meters on it since then, plus a few from my wife, with no real issues. Can't be bothered to check for sure, but I think I'd get a couple of hundred pounds on resale even now, and mechanically is rock solid - so actually I think I'll keep until it falls apart.
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@motdoc,
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Wow! Very Happy I need to try that!
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Since I've started...

Any of the rowing enthusiasts tried the Pete Plan?

There are two on his website:

https://thepeteplan.wordpress.com/5k-training/

https://thepeteplan.wordpress.com/beginner-training/

The "beginner" training is actually quite good for anyone I think (I'm sure plenty of real hardcore rowers would disagree, and there are plenty of those, hitting <7min on 2k etc, which I'm certainly not).

His plan starts at 5k, and then ups by 500m each week to 12k, with the aim to keep the same split on all the longer distances, plus some light technique tips.

I would suggest if you were going from scratch, you might want to do a couple of months general rowing before starting his beginner plan
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I feel tired just reading what everyone else does for fitness!

@Markymark29, I agree with you about running - I wouldn't run for a bus. I do a little bit of cycling & walking carrying weight, the idea being that I don't have to be out so long if I make it harder as I find fitness training so desperately boring. I was happy with my fitness at SOPiB18 and mostly just try to stop my trousers shrinking in the cupboard - a nasty and expensive habit wink
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mcloke wrote:
+1 for rowing machines! I'm always surprised they don't get more interest for skiing, as it works your legs and cardio so excellently, and agree about back strength, if your technique is ok.... I bought my machine (Concept2, the standard gym model ... actually I think I'll keep until it falls apart.

I've had mine for... over 20 years, maybe 30. It's helped keep me fit when I've had to work. It's still as pretty and as functional as the day it arrived (new).
In home use, it's going to take a lot of rowing to break one of these.
The price seems cheap for something which will actually last a lifetime - I can't think of any other machine which I'd expect to do that.

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On the original post... I just use a bit of Ibuprofen for the first 3 days of a season and then everything's good.

I'm not impressed with the idea of "ski specific" exercises, and not only because I'm a boarder.
Stuff which is supposed to be that specific sounds like a bad idea, and in any case downhill skiing/snowboarding is all technique.
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Stuff which is supposed to be that specific sounds like a bad idea, and in any case downhill skiing/snowboarding is all technique.


You heard it hear first folks.. rolling eyes rolling eyes rolling eyes
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@mcloke, thanks for the links, I like the 5K training one.

I bought my Concept2 Model D new in July. The best price was at Decathlon for £850. I was looking on ebay but any with the PM5 computer were within a £150 of a brand new machine. This display lets you add your iPhone for more data fields and syncing with Training Peaks, Strava and your Concept Log Book. Very useful for tracking your improvements.

It was the price of these on eBay that made me get one. If I hadn't liked rowing (I love it), I knew I would be able to sell for almost the new price. I've now got a TV on the wall in gym and can watch TV/video or just blast some music, so an hour of rowing feels like minutes.
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tried those Fred Lapine exercises in the gym this morning ...at least the first video ...I got a real dab on ..they take some mastering..make a change though
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DaveD wrote:
tried those Fred Lapine exercises in the gym this morning ...at least the first video ...I got a real dab on ..they take some mastering..make a change though


I tried the first set a few times too, they really work many of the stabilising muscles in the legs and core. Had a look at the second set, a few exercises from the second set are very similar to the first set. Got me thinking, is the second set an advanced set to replace the first second or just an alternative? Am thinking of making a program from both sets but where exercises from each set are very similar then omitting one of the exercises.
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I tried the first set a few times too, they really work many of the stabilising muscles in the legs and core. Had a look at the second set, a few exercises from the second set are very similar to the first set. Got me thinking, is the second set an advanced set to replace the first second or just an alternative? Am thinking of making a program from both sets but where exercises from each set are very similar then omitting one of the exercises.


I found the same too ..I am adding a few of them to my regular programme ...mix and match
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Had the great feeling yesterday that you get, having improved enough to add another set to your leg-blasters.

Had the horrible feeling getting out of bed this morning, that you get because you added another set yesterday.

I might actually be half fit this season.
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