Skiing requires much more than just the right gear. This killer full-body workout requires plenty of balance, agility, and strength. If you're lucky enough to live near the slopes or you're jet-setting to a snowy getaway, move through each of these exercises that work double time by toning your tush and building your balance. Both will help you out on all your Winter-sport adventures.
Plank Booty Leg Lifts
Plank booty leg lifts are an alternative for working out your tush and the back of your thighs that also challenge your balance.
- Lie on your belly on an exercise ball and walk your hands out so the ball is underneath your shins. Your hands should be underneath your shoulders.
- Draw your navel toward your spine to engage your abs, which will help keep your spine straight and your body stabilized.
- Lift your right leg up into the air, then slowly lower it back toward the ball, but don't let it touch. This counts as one repetition. Keep your pelvis level throughout your reps.
- Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps with the right leg, and then repeat with the left.
Lying Hamstring Curl
Finding stability in your core is integral when you're skiing or snowboarding. It's also essential in this glute- and hamstring-toning move.
- Start by lying flat on your back with an exercise ball under your heels. Bridge your hips up and hold that position through the entire exercise.
- Flex your feet and dig your heels into the ball. Place your arms straight out to your side for support — don't use them, though; they are just for support.
- Slowly roll the ball toward your body as you curl your heels. Keep your hips in the bridge position; don't thrust them toward the ceiling as you do the move.
- Then slowly return to the start position (straight legs, hips bridged) to complete one rep.
- Do three sets of 10-15.
Keep reading for one more exercise that builds balance and tones your tush.
Balancing Tricep Kickback
Just as the name implies, this twist on a classic tricep kickback forces your core to balance and stabilize while toning your whole body:
- Come onto your hands and knees. Place a dumbbell in your left hand. Bend your elbow and pull it up so it's in line with your shoulder.
- Straighten your left leg behind you so your heel is in line with your bum. Pull your navel toward your spine to engage your abs, which will help you stay balanced.
- Holding your left leg in the air, exhale as you do a tricep kickback by extending your left hand behind you. Inhale to bend your elbow. This counts as one rep.
- Complete 10 to 12 reps on each side.