The best at home workout to get your legs fit for a skiing holiday

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Ski virgins and pros alike need to get their leg muscles in gear before hitting the slopes on a ski trip. We spoke to a training expert to find the must do exercises.

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Turning up on a ski holiday without doing some leg exercises first is like going to an all you can eat buffet in high waisted jeans. Not very smart.

Not giving your muscles a warm up before such an intense workout will prevent you from getting the most out of it and could increase your risk of injury.

We spoke to Luke Meessmann, Master Trainer at TenPilates for his expert advice.

Leg exercises to do before going skiing


Static squats


Hold a ski pole/broomstick at arm's length in front of you. Squat down, lowering the pole down to hip-level, and then raise it up back up to eye level as you stand tall. Breathe in as you squat, and out as you come up. Keep your shoulders back and down, core engaged and chin up throughout the exercise.

Lunges


Holding a weight in each hand, stand up straight, your arms at your sides. Keep your feet hip width apart. Step your right foot forward, aiming to bend the knee to 90°. You should be balancing on your toes on your back (left) foot and bending your back knee until it is hovering just off the floor.

Aim to keep your front (right) knee behind your toes, this will prevent any aggravation of the knee joint. Bring the front (right) leg back to the start position and stand up tall.

Now repeat the motion with your left leg, keep the exercise going, alternating legs each time. Repeat 15 times on each leg for one set. Aim for 3 sets.

Use an exercise ball


Place the Swiss ball behind you against the wall and squat so that the ball is keeping your back straight and your legs are at right angles. Pulse your squat 10 times and then hold in the lowest squat you can for as long as you can. Repeat this 3 times.

For more from TenPilates visit tenpilates.com

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