the University of New Mexico on a ski scholarship, says both sports require the athlete to fight the force of gravity: cyclists while climbing uphill and skiers while descending. "The same force gravity causes a different adaptation for each sport," says Bowen. "An alpine skier has to create power to work against both gravity and centrifugal force. "While a cyclist who climbs well is usually very lean, elite alpine skiers are "built like brick houses," says Bowen. "It a gravity sport," explains MBSEF Alpine Director Nils Eriksson, who has coached for Adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Trainers Grey
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more than 20 years. "The more mass you have, the faster you go. But if that mass is not well coordinated or well proportioned, it won steer you in the right direction. "Bowen agrees. "You can just train in the gym and be a good skier," he says. "You have to have the finesse, and feel the snow.
"Eriksson says even at the elite level, alpine skiers have different body shapes, and more importantly, "the best alpine skiers are pretty good all around athletes. "Fast twitch muscle fibers that allow a downhill skier to generate extraordinary power for a short time, combined with anaerobic fitness, are classic physical characteristics of the alpine skier. "Generally, we train like a 400 meter track athlete," says Eriksson. "It very much become a power sport. But you need to build the right power with the right repetitions to get the muscle memory necessary for good technique. "But even if you naturally muscular and Best Price Adidas Gazelle Trainers
"Don worry about it. Just go have fun. "Ever been out skiing, feeling like you in a groove, moving along at a good pace, only to be passed like you standing still by a truly gifted skier? Me neither. (kidding. ) When you see an elite athlete in action firsthand especially when you participating in the same sport it gives you a genuine understanding of just how good they are. And although they may be working really hard, most talented athletes make it look effortless. As an example, he points out that people who excel at cycling typically have large lung capacities and longer femurs. (Thighbones that are longer than shins act as a strong lever while pedaling. ) Conversely, good runners usually have a longer shin, or a shin .
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