Member of the French Snowboard Cross Team, double Olympic medallist, Olympic vice-champion at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games and athlete from Val Thorens, Chloé Trespeuch gives you her advice for a successful return to the slopes!
1. Make your movements useful for your muscle strengthening
No more lift or escalators, go up the stairs 2 by 2. Use your abs when you walk and use your bike instead of your car.
2. Get your body used to bending
During a ski or snowboard run, we do a lot of bending to trigger our turns.
To get your body used to this effort: do full bends every day with your back straight and your abs tight.
If you feel comfortable, add weight or gradually increase the number of reps.
3. Increase your agility and explosiveness by doing 1 to 4 sets of jumping jacks
In addition to the squats, I recommend doing 1-4 sets of jumping jacks.
After a warm-up and your daily squats, do 5 to 10 bounces in a row, then 1 bounce as far as possible to challenge yourself.
On the stairs, do 5 to 10 jumps in a row, then 1 jump, skipping as many steps as possible. You will be able to see your progress over the sessions!
4. Do some bodyweight training
To resist the speed of sliding sports and to keep your balance, a body strengthening exercise is very useful: do 10 minutes of bodyweight training including work on the abs, obliques and back/lumbar vertebrae. These exercises are very suitable for children and can therefore be shared with the family!
By following these tips you will be well prepared physically and will find even more thrills in snow sports while limiting the risk of injury.
So, good luck with your preparation and see you on the Val Thorens ski area from 19 November 2022 onwards for La Grande Première!
The 2022-2023 season will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Val Thorens, which is a good reason to be in shape for all the surprises that await you.