I heart squats

With just over 6 weeks to go until the first skimo competition my strength training is becoming more sport specific.  My legs are getting good stern workouts in preparation for ski season.  Adding more legs into my workout is not an issue as I LOVE squats.  Easily I find myself adding in extra jump squats, kettlebell squat swings….basically if the word squat is in the exercise, I am happy to execute it.  However, for overall leg performance and injury prevention, it is important to remember the other muscles that exist in the leg.  Yes, yes- your glutes, hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, adductors, and anterior tibialis need some strength training as well!

Here is a list of great leg exercises to add to your regime:

  1. Quadriceps: squats, lunges, bear claw sled drags, kettlebell swings, jump squats, leg press, depth jump leap,
  2. Hamstrings and glutes: barbell good mornings, step-ups, hamstring rolls, ball leg curl, box jump, box skips, leg curls
  3. Hip flexors and Adductors: side lunges, sliding side lunges, side box step, jack knives, swiss ball lifts, air bicycle
  4. Calves: standing calf raise, jumping calf raises

Check out bodybuilding.com for some more great exercises 

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