Forehead sweating, goggles fogging, gasping for air, barely lifting one foot in front of the other through the snow around your sled, finally removing your helmet to come back to life. Aching shoulders, jello arms, fatigued thighs, sore core, waking up the next morning wondering how that machine that you love so much could’ve caused you this pain! Does this sound familiar. I think we’ve all been there. Whether it is digging out your sled (or a buddy’s), hiking up to retrieve your sled from a dismount, or simply pounding a beautiful day of pow, this snowmobiling thing is tiring. Despite popular belief, mostly among jack-wagons riding trail sleds, sledding is one giant smile-inducing workout.
Last fall I was finally ahead of the game…and it made all the difference. Let me share with you my regimen, why it is my regimen, and how I designed it. I am no world-class strength coach, but I do have a fair amount of experience in the area of strength coaching. We’ll start with a functional analysis of the maneuvers we all do when back country mountain sledding and the muscles required to perform them. I will then show you exercises to ensure those muscles are developed along with sets, reps, and duration.
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