Warm Up

Best practice dictates that any training session should start with a warm-up.

The reasons for this are many. A warm-up not only prepares the athlete for the activity to come - but the physiological effect and body’s production of adrenalin, increases the heart rate and dilates capillaries; it also increases the temperature of the body as a whole. This increase in body temperature results in increased elasticity of the muscles- thereby reducing the potential incidence of injury.

The warm-up has several positive functions. In summary the functions of a warm up are as follows:

Avoidance / minimization of injury,
Improving performance, through body and mental preparedness.
Increasing flexibility and elasticity
Familiarization of the SkiFast Ergometer and its exercise action

A pre-warm-up can be undertaken prior to getting onto the SkiFast Ergometer- with the goal to gently raise the heart rate, ready for activity. This can be achieved through gentle jogging; perhaps some interactive ball games, skipping. The pre-Warm- up should be carried out for about approx. 5 minutes, followed by some gentle stretching exercises. Stretches should be all-over stretches, taking care to stretch muscles throughout the whole body not just the arms! This can then be transitioned to some Ski specific warm-up activity on the Ergometer.

It is important to remember that the more intense the training or event activity, the longer the time that should be taken for warm-up.

Once on the SkiFast Ergometer the Ski specific warm-up could consist of say 3- 4 minutes of gentle skiing at low intensity and then transitioning to say 10 strokes, 15 strokes and 20 stokes of progressively increasing intensity “surges”, These surges can be followed by a gentle free-wheeling period of say 2 minutes gentle skiing between each increase in frequency. [surge]. This can be repeated several times in order to achieve the level of warm up that is desired by the athlete.

Total SkiFast Ergometer warm up time = approx. 10- 15 minutes.