Brand Ambassador Leslie Betcher is best known as a pilates instructor, dancer and choreographer at Dance Workshop II–but in the winter, she adds SKIER to her list. Recently, Leslie headed north to the Silver Star Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada, and found that her training in yoga, spinning, pilates and dance had primed her for the slopes. We talked to Leslie about the benefits of cross training.
I grew up skiing in Montana but currently only get to ski a couple times a year. I struggle with the challenge of not injuring myself, and preparing for a sport that I only do once in awhile. I prevent injury by cross training. Pilates has greatly improved my core strength and supports my back, (especially important when going over moguls). Yoga helps with flexibility, and spinning really improves my leg strength. Thanks to my cross training I’m mountain ready and injury free! Here arev my top three reasons to cross train (after the jump!)
-Injury Prevention (for your main sport or spontaneous weekend adventures). A majority of injuries are due to overuse. Cross training helps balance flexibility and strength, where your primary sport keeps lengthening and strengthening the same muscle groups. Cross training improves your endurance without beating up joints, muscles, or connective tissues. Cross training maintains your level of fitness and strength so injuries don’t occur when you try different exercises.
-Rehabilitation If an overuse injury occurs, cross training is a great way to stay in shape while resting the injured area.
-Enhanced Motivation Sometimes we just don’t feel like working out. Cross training offers variety to maintain our excitement and passion for exercise.
Here is a shot of me wearing myself out of the backside of Silver Star Ski Resort. I topped off the day with a soak in the hot tub, the best way to finish the day, eh!