strength training

Pre-Summer Reboot: Body Sculpting BootCamp (Southfields)

A total body conditioning BootCamp with a difference! Antonio will show you how to use your body as a tool to create lean muscle mass. Teaching you how to increase resistance to challenge, build and sculpt your muscles.

As there’s no fancy gym equipment, you’ll learn techniques and movements that you can take away with you. No excuses not to practice at home!

This BootCamp will be highly motivating and encouraging for people of all abilities. Each exercise can be adjusted to make you feel comfortable or push you to your limit!

Join us on this 6 week progressive course and feel strong and fit for the summer!

Time: 7.30-8.30pm

Where: St Barnabas Church, SW18 5EP

Cost: £54 for a block of 6 sessions. If you miss a session, you're welcome to make it up at one of our regular Fit In The Park or Buggyfit classes.

Head over to our BootCamp page to book your place or drop us a line for more info.

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Posted by Heather Waghorn.

The BIG Mince Pie Burn-Off

These challenging but fun, outdoor fitness sessions over Christmas are suitable for all levels & abilities. Bring along your other-halves, family, friends & any other random people you might have staying with you!

Children are welcome to come & play nearby (they remain your responsibility).

26 December:
Wimbledon Park 8.30 - 9.30am
South Park Gardens 10.00 - 11.00am

28 December:
Wimbledon Park 8.30 - 9.30am
South Park Gardens 10.00 - 11.00am

31 December:
Wimbledon Park 8.30 - 9.30am
South Park Gardens 10.00 - 11.00am

1 person per BootCamp = £10
2 people per BootCamp = £15


Bookings for these sessions close at Midnight on Friday 21 Dec. Head over to your BootCamp page to book your place. Do it now while you're still thinking about it!

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Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Last call for HIIT Boot Camp - January 2018!

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The lovely Claire is kicking off our first HIIT BootCamp of 2018 in Wimbledon Park tomorrow morning!

If you're still making your mind up about coming, now's the time to throw caution to the wind & commit!

We start tomorrow in Wimbledon Park at 6.15am (finishing at 7.00am).

Training over 5 consecutive mornings, you'll get a full body workout, combining strength, cardio, endurance, core & functional movement. You'll scorch calories & be challenged from head to toe.

But I'm not feeling very fit?

Don't worry. We'll be offering different levels to suit all abilities. Beginners, weekend warriors & serious fitness freaks are all welcome.

What if I can't make every session?

No problem. You can make up a class at one of our regular Fit In The Park classes.

But I don't want to go on my own?

You'll be introduced to all of our Boot Campers on the first day. We'll then work hard to ensure an inclusive, motivating spirit and strong sense of comradeship during the week. It'll be great fun too!

So when is it? 

  • Monday - Friday: 6.15 - 7.00am

Where and when is it?

How much does it cost?

  • £45 for each 5-day Boot Camp.

How do I book?

Happy Training!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

SkiFit BootCamp - Starts Tomorrow!

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Get yourself ski-Fit prior to your holiday to ensure you get the most out of your trip, reduce your risk of injury and be more confident on the slopes.

Our Ski-Fit Boot Camp will help you to:

  • Strengthen your whole body, with particular focus on the legs and core
  • Improve your muscular endurance and stamina
  • Sharpen your balance and agility
  • Build your aerobic fitness

This is a progressive 5-week course, with each session building on what we worked on the previous week.

  • Time: 6.15 - 7.00am
  • Place: South Park Gardens
  • Dates: Every Tuesday morning from the 9th January through to the 6th February 2018
  • Cost: £45 for the 5 sessions (if you miss a session, you're welcome to make it up at one of our regular Fit In The Park classes).

There are limited spaces available, so book your place now!

 

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Additional BoxFit classes added!

We've got some great news!

Our two Wednesday night BoxFit Boot Camps became booked up really quickly, and we know a lot of you were disappointed not to get a place.

So, we've now added two more BoxFit Boot Camps at Garfield School with Antonio! It’ll be every Tuesday evening for 5 weeks starting from the 9th January 2018. Scroll down to find out more, or head over to our BootCamp page to book your place.

BoxFit Boot Camp!

This 5-week BoxFit Boot Camp with Antonio is an ultra-calorie burning workout that’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping. Using boxing pads and gloves, you'll work your whole body, whilst challenging your strength, speed and endurance. It's lots of fun and a great stress buster too!

  • Times: Choose either 7.15pm - 8.15pm or 8.15pm - 9.15pm
  • Place: Garfield School, SW19 8SB
  • Dates: Tuesday evenings from the 9th January 2018
  • Cost: £54 for 5 sessions (if you miss a session, you're welcome to make it up at one of our regular Fit In The Park classes).

This Boot Camp is suitable for all levels. However, if you have any back issues, or have had a baby in the last 6 months, it won't be right for you at the moment. If you're not sure, please get in touch.

Think you’ve got what it takes?

Sign-up today and become a Lean, Mean, Fighting Machine! We'll be limiting numbers due to the space and equipment available, so book your place now!

Happy New Year!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Ready for Action!

Happy New Year!

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It's that time of year when your inbox is full of "Unleash The New You" and "New Year, New You" emails. Well, here's another one, but it's short so do bear with us...

We're kicking off 2018 with our 6.15am Fit In The Park class in Wimbledon Park tomorrow morning. Why don't you join us? It'll be fun and you'll burn loads of calories, we promise.

If you can't get to that one, we're in South Park Gardens at 6.15am on Thursday, so no excuses!

Our Buggyfit classes are back in the park this Thursday too. Meet us in South Park Gardens at 9.30am and then 11.00am in Wimbledon Park.

Check out our full Buggyfit and Fit In The Park timetable, and then head over to our purchase page to buy your passes online.

If you've been tempted by our January HIIT Boot Camps in Wimbledon Park  and South Park Gardens, but haven't signed up yet, do it now!

Going skiing? Join our Ski-Fit Boot Camp to get the most out of your trip, reduce your risk of injury & be more confident on the slopes.

If you missed out on a place on our BoxFit Boot Camp, we are hoping to add another class to our timetable starting next week. Reply to this email and let us know you want to hear about it first.

Lots and lots and lots more to come.

Wishing you & your family a fantastic 2018!

Heather & the HA fitness team x

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Now there's an idea...

Avoid frantic Amazon searches, tedious queues & sardine-style shopping. Relax & breathe. We've got Christmas sorted with 3 very different gift ideas!

1) The Gift Of Fitness

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Our very flexible HA fitness vouchers can be purchased for any value and used as full or part payment for personal training, classes, Boot Camps or a mixture of all of our HA fitness services.

So whether you need a gift for a regular exerciser, or someone who'll appreciate being nudged in the right direction, we can help. And there's free delivery on all orders. Get in touch & let us know who you'd like to treat.

2) Personal Styling And Shopping Vouchers

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Our most glamorous personal training client and Wimbledon's favourite stylist, Charlotte Broadbent, has a limited number of personal styling and shopping vouchers available this Christmas.

Charlotte says... "Discovering your true colours and most flattering shapes is an experience you'll never forget, for both women and men. Buy a present this year that actually makes a difference.

We wear 20% of our wardrobe, 80% of the time so it's time to detox that wardrobe, piece together new outfits, sell on your old clothes and find the confidence to shop for your perfect colours and shapes."

Get in touch with Charlotte at Charlotte Loves, to find out more about her gift packages.

3) Family Photography Gift Certificates

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Long-term friend and client of HA fitness is the multi-award winning photographer, Julia Boggio. She's one of London’s top family portraiture photographers and is based right here in Wimbledon.

Julia says... "2018 will be a year to remember, which is why a gift certificate for family photography would make the perfect present this Christmas."

Get in touch with Julia at Boggio Studios, to find out more about her gift packages.

Happy Shopping!

Heather and the HA fitness team x

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Early mornings aren't that scary!!

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For the last couple of years, we've kicked off October with our Early Mornings Aren't That Scary campaign. This year we'll be working even harder to get the message out there, so please help us to spread the word!

The aim of the campaign is to get as many people as possible in the park at 6.15am during October.

If you've never been to one of early morning sessions, you're welcome to give it a go for FREE during the month of October (even if you've already come to some of our other classes).

Choose from:

Monday:

  • 6.15 - 7.00am Wimbledon Village Studio (Cardio Blast)
  • 6.15 - 7.00/7.15am Wimbledon Park (Fit In The Park)

Tuesday:

  • 6.15 - 7.00am Wimbledon Village Studio (Yoga/Stretch class)

Wednesday:

  • 6.15 - 7.00am Wimbledon Village Studio (Cardio Blast)
  • 6.15 - 7.00/7.15am Wimbledon Park (Fit In The Park)

Thursday:

  • 6.15- 7.00/7.15am South Park Gardens (Fit In The Park)

Don't be spooked by the early morning wake up, come join us and see the difference it makes to your day!

 

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Using Your HA fitness Class Passes

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Any HA fitness class pass purchased in September/October can used at ALL of our timetabled classes includes Buggyfit, Fit In The Park and our studio sessions (the exception being Tuesday night yoga).

The passes are very reasonably priced:

  • 10-class pass: £75.00 - Ideal for 1 class a week.
     
  • 20-class pass: £130.00 - At £6.50 a session, this is perfect if you're doing 2 or more classes a week.

We also offer a drop-in rate for any of these sessions:

You can buy your passes online. If you're coming to one of our studio classes, please do drop us a line first to let us know you're coming.

Wimbledon Park News..

We've decided to make life simple. We are swapping our monthly pre-paid bootcamps for the HA fitness class pass system again. This starts from tomorrow!

Our HA fitness class passes are really flexible and can be used at any of our outdoor classes, or early morning studio sessions. Scroll up for all of the details!

Happy Training!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Last call for Monday at 6.15am!

Our first Cardio Blast class at 6.15am with Antonio in the studio starts tomorrow! We've got a few of spaces left, so do let us know if you'll be joining us. We're looking forward to seeing both old and new clients there.

Don't forget that for September only, you can now use your class passes and Wimbledon Park BootCamp sessions in the studio. Otherwise it's just £12 per drop-in session. Please either book via paypal or drop us a line to reserve your place.

When:

  • 6.15-7.00am Monday mornings
  • 6.15-7.00am Wednesday mornings

What Is It?

A high energy, fast paced BootCamp designed to burn fat, boost cardio fitness and build muscle strength. Both fun and effective, we'll interlace HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) with innovative circuits and calorie burning workouts.

Who Is It For?

Everyone! We warmly welcome all abilities and offer options for every level. All we ask is that you give us everything you've got for the 45 minutes you're with us!

Where Is It?

Hill Place House, 55a High Street, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5BA

There is free parking at that time in the morning, and a place to get changed too.

How To Book?

To pay for a drop-in class head over to our BootCamp page. To book a slot using your HA fitness pass or as a BootCamper, drop us a line. Make sure you do book in advance as we are limiting numbers (it's a bit different from being in the park!).

We look forward to training with you in the Studio!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Update On Studio Prices - We Want You There!

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Following feedback from all of you, we've made it easier for you to try out our new studio.

For our Cardio Blast classes in September only, there are now 3 ways you can join us:

  1. You can use your HA fitness class pass (email us to book your session)
  2. Any Wimbledon Park Boot Campers can use their sessions at the studio (email us to book your session)
  3. You can now drop-in for just £12 (do book first though)

When:

  • 6.15-7.00am - Monday mornings
  • 6.15-7.00am - Wednesday mornings

It's really important that you book in advance. We have limited space, so we'd advise not leaving it until the last minute. Either book via paypal or drop us a line to let us know.

What Is It?

A high energy, fast paced BootCamp designed to burn fat, boost cardio fitness and build muscle strength. Both fun and effective, we'll interlace HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) with innovative circuits and calorie burning workouts.

Who Is It For?

Everyone! We warmly welcome all abilities and offer options for every level. All we ask is that you give us everything you've got for the 45 minutes you're with us!

Where Is It?

Hill Place House, 55a High Street, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5BA

How To Book?

To pay for a drop-in class head over to our BootCamp page. To book a slot using your HA fitness pass or as a BootCamper, drop us a line. Make sure you do book in advance as we are limiting numbers (it's a bit different from being in the park!).

Happy Training!
 

 

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Early Morning Wimbledon Park Boot Camp!

Schools out for summer! If you're wondering how to fit in a workout while the kids are off, why not do it before they get up?

Our early morning outdoor BootCamp in Wimbledon Park is a great way to burn calories, and strengthen and tone-up your body. You can do it all before work and before the rest of the family gets up.

We have clients of all ages, sizes and fitness levels join us in the park. You'll feel welcomed and benefit from a strong sense of camaraderie.

The classes are fun, energising and motivating. No class is ever the same!

When is it?

  • The classes are at 6.15am -7.00/7.15am during the week, and 9.00-10.00am on Saturdays. The dates are:

Week 1: Mon 24 July, Wed 26 July, Sat 29 July
Week 2: Mon 31 July, Wed 2 July, Sat 5 Aug
Week 3: Mon 7 Aug, Wed 9 Aug, Sat 11 Aug
Week 4: Mon 14 Aug, Wed 16 Aug, Sat 19 Aug
Week 5: Mon 21 Aug, Wed 23 Aug, Sat 26 Aug

How does it work?

  • You sign-up to doing 5 weeks of training with us over the above time period. You can choose to do either 1, 2 or 3 sessions a week. If you've got a holiday booked in August, work out how many sessions you can do, and sign-up for the relevant number of sessions below.
     
  • It's simple, flexible and keeps you committed to your goals!

Where is it?

How much Is It?

  • You can choose how much or how little you do.  The cost for the 4 weeks is either:

£87 if you book 3 sessions a week (total of 15 classes)
£75 for any 2 sessions a week (total of 10 classes)
£41 for any 1 session a week (total of 5 classes)
£10 for 1 drop-in session (1 class)

How do I book?

  • Click here to book and we'll send you a welcome email with details of how to get started.
     
  • Bookings close at midnight on Saturday (do it now while you're still thinking about it).

So whether you are a beginner, a keen fitness enthusiast or just tired of the same old routine, come try our BootCamp in Wimbledon Park!

Coming soon...

Back to School HIIT Boot Camp (week beginning 25th September) during the final week of the September Wimbledon Park Boot Camp block. More to follow!

Happy training!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Kettlebells BootCamp In South Park Gardens - 2 Class Special!

Due to popular demand, we've added 2 more Wednesday night Kettlebells sessions onto the timetable!

These 2 sessions will challenge your cardio system, muscular strength & endurance. Your core will be fired up and your glutes will be switched on big time. In other words, you'll burn calories and sculpt your whole body, all in one go!

We're limiting the numbers, so that we can give you individual attention based on your experience and ability. So make sure you don't miss out, and book your place today!

  • When: Wednesday 19th July and/or Wednesday 26th July

We will try to put on 2 classes for both evenings, but if we don't get the numbers (we know a lot of you are away), there will be just one class at the earlier time:

If you book and can't get to the session for some reason, you're welcome to make it up at one of our regular Fit In The Park classes. Please note that our Boot Camps are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Book now! This Boot Camp is suitable for all levels. But if you have any back issues, or have had a baby in the last 6 months, this Boot Camp won't be right for you at the moment, sorry.  If you're not sure, just drop us a line. Head over to our BootCamp page to book, or contact us for more info.

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Important Class Update

Tennis fortnight is about to begin!

We do love all of the Championship buzz, but it also means that one of our lovely training grounds, Wimbledon Park, turns into a campsite!

We're determined not to cancel any of our classes, so here's the plan for the next 2 weeks.

Buggyfit postnatal classes will take place in Durnsford Park (see below). We'll be there at our regular times of 11.00am on Mondays & 11.00am on Thursdays. If you've got older children, bring them along as there is a fantastic little playground!

Our Monday and Wednesday 6.15am sessions will meet just outside of the Revelstoke Road Wimbledon Park gate. We'll then be putting you through your paces either in or around the park. Please don't bring lots of stuff with you, as we maybe moving around a bit. It should be lots of fun though!

Fit In The Park Saturday 9.00am - we will confirm the location this week for you.

Durnsford Park is a lovely green area just off Durnsford Road (put SW19 8EY into your sat nav). You'll find street parking (pay-at-machine) on Wellington, Lucien, Gordondale, Havana & Mount Roads. It's a bit further away from where all the action is, so there are no Wimbledon Tennis parking restrictions.

Obviously we do recommend leaving your car at home & giving your workout an extra boost by walking, running or cycling to our classes. However, if you're driving around Wimbledon during the tennis fortnight, it can get very busy, so it's wise to plan in extra travel time. Parking can also be challenging as there are restrictions in place.

All of our South Park Gardens classes will be running as normal & everyone is welcome to come along. Check out our timetable for full details of all our classes. Be warned though, we've got some great workouts planned & we may even include a tennis theme here & there. We know this is a busy time, but we'd love to see as many of you as possible training with us over the coming weeks. If you need to renew your pass, or buy a pay-as-you-go session, head over to our purchase page.

 

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Last call for SPG bootcamp - starts tomorrow!

5-Day HIIT Beach Body Boot camp - Starts Monday 26th June!

  • Starts tomorrow in South Park Gardens
  • 45 minute workout, everyday, for 5 days
  • Blast away that extra winter weight
  • Get your body ready for the beach
  • Fun, challenging and motivating
  • Everyone welcome
  • Just £45 for the 5 days

HIIT BeachBody BootCamp will run every morning from 6.15 - 7.00am in South Park Gardens from the 26th June to 30th June. If you miss a class, you're welcome to make it up at our Saturday session either at 7.45am or 9.00am.


Book your place now. We start tomorrow!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Last Call For Wimbledon Park BootCamp

Just 3 days to go until our Wimbledon Park BootCamp!

Tempted To Join Us?

This early morning outdoor bootcamp is a great way to burn calories, and strengthen and tone-up your body. Just in time for the summer!

You can do it all before work, or before the rest of the family gets up.

We have clients of all ages, sizes and fitness levels join us in the park. You'll feel welcomed and benefit from a strong sense of camaraderie.

The classes are fun, energising and motivating. No class is ever the same!

When Is It?

The classes are at 6.15am -7.00am during the week, and 9.00-10.00am on Saturdays. The dates are:

  • Week 1: Mon 22nd May, Wed 24th May, Sat 27th May
  • Week 2: Wed 31st May, Fri 2nd June, Sat 3rd June (Bank Holiday so Friday instead of the Monday)
  • Week 3: Mon 5th June, Wed 7th June, Sat 10th June
  • Week 4: Mon 12th June, Wed 14th June, Sat 17th June

How Does It Work?

You sign-up to doing 4 weeks of training with us over the above time period. You can choose to do either 1, 2 or 3 sessions a week. It's simple, flexible and keeps you committed to your goals!

Where is it?

We meet in Wimbledon Park, just near the Revelstoke Road entrance.

How Much Is It?

You can choose how much or how little you do.  The cost for the 4 weeks is either:

  • £70 for 3 sessions a week (12 sessions in total)
  • £60 for any 2 sessions a week (8 sessions in total)
  • £33 for any 1 session a week (4 sessions in total)
  • £10 for a drop-in session (1 session)

How Do I Book?

Click here to book and we'll send you a welcome email with details of how to get started.

Bookings close at midnight on Saturday (do it now while you're still thinking about it).

So whether you are a beginner, a keen fitness enthusiast or just tired of the same old routine, come try our BootCamp in Wimbledon Park this June!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

South Park Gardens - Fit in The Park - Summer's coming, we're outside tonight!

Fit In The Park will be back in the park tonight! It's a fantastic way to start the week. We get a lovely mix of both men & women of all fitness levels coming along.

For those of you who don't know it, South Park Gardens is just a 5 min walk from Wimbledon station. If you're driving, there's free parking in Effra, Faraday & Clarence Roads after 6.30pm (some of the other roads are metered at this time). 

So get those trainers on & join us at 7.30pm tonight for some outdoor fitness fun. You can use your HA fitness class passes or drop-in. All details are on our website.

If you can't make it tonight, check out our timetable to find another class that suits you. Don't forget, we've also got lots of exciting courses and BootCamps coming up. Check our web page for more information.

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Mince Pie Burn-Offs!

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Join us for some challenging but fun festive workouts!

Sat 24 Dec, 8.30-9.30am, South Park Gardens
Sat 24 Dec, 10.00-11.00am, Wimbledon Park
Wed 28 Dec, 9.30-10.30am, South Park Gardens

All levels & abilities are welcome to join our Mince Pie Burn-Offs, including our Buggyfit Mums. Your little ones are welcome to come along and play/sleep/eat nearby (they remain your responsibility).

We'd like you to pre-book these sessions as our class passes won't be valid, sorry. We know that, like us, you're probably really busy over the festive season, so we hope you understand why we need your commitment in advance.

Bookings for our Mince Pie Burn-Offs close on 17 December. The sessions are £8.50 each.

Book now while you're still thinking about it!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Blast Those Buns!

Our Saturday morning Blast Class this week is with trained physio, Philippa. She'll be focusing on getting your gluteal muscles (your backside) fired up & activated.

Strong glutes help prevent you getting injured & can really help improve your running, cycling, swimming or skiing. You look better in jeans too!

Philippa will also be including some great ab moves, to really get your whole core area switched on.

What, When & Where?

Blast Class: Glutes & Core
Date: Sat 7th Nov 2015
Time: 7.45am to 8.30am (45 min)
Place: South Park Gardens, Wimbledon, London, SW19 8QW

So get your rear into gear join us in the park this Saturday. You can buy a pass online or bring cash/cheque on the day. Full details on our purchase page.

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Strength training for skiing - it's all about squat endurance!

If you roll off your sofa straight into your ski boots, with little or no prior fitness training, your thighs are likely to complain and your back, bum and calves may also grumble about being rudely awakened after months of inactivity.

So to ensure you get the most out of your time in the snow, and to reduce your chances of injury, do as much ski specific fitness training before you hit the slopes.

How long does it take to get ski-fit?

You should ideally kick-off your training about 12 weeks before you go. However, it's almost never too late to start, and embarking on a fitness programme, even a few weeks before your trip, will help you to ski better. A little training is always better than no training at all. Just don't expect to transform yourself from couch potato to ski-fit superhero in a couple of days!

So what should you be doing?

When you're training for a ski trip, endurance should be your focus rather than pure strength. This means doing lots of repetitions using little or no weight. Your aim is to create the toned legs of an endurance athlete, as opposed to the bulging thighs of a bodybuilder. This will enable you to spend more time on the slopes having fun, and less time massaging your tired and achy bits in your room.

What's the best exercise to do?

Squats are the ultimate ski fitness exercise. They strengthen the legs and bum, and are an easy way to mimic the skiing action and thigh burn at home. They can also help to improve your coordination and balance.

But don't just squat up and down on the spot. Create challenging squat combinations incorporating kicks, low pulses, 1-legged squats, calf raises, hops and jumps (ask an HA fitness trainer for a demo if you've not done any of these before or are a bit rusty). Try doing 100 reps using as many different variations you can think of. Then rest for 30 seconds and repeat. If counting reps doesn't work for you, try timing yourself. Keep the squats going, without taking a break, for the time it would take you to get from the top to the bottom of a run.

Increase the intensity using medicine balls, dumbbells, barbells or kettlebells. Keep going, with good technique, until you hit exhaustion. Then do another round! You should aim to do 3 good strength training sessions per week, with a rest day in between,

Get fully prepared for your ski trip by also including core strength exercises, balance, agility, cardio and upper body training into your fitness regime. The more work you put in prior to your trip, the more you'll be rewarded with exhilarating skiing, tireless energy and fun!

You may also be interested in reading the following articles before you go:

Powder Power

Getting Into Shape For The Slopes

Happy skiing,

Heather

 

 

Posted by Heather Waghorn.