What is Aspen Ascent? Creator Stephanie Levinson skied in Aspen for 12 years and noticed how sore fellow skiers would be. “Sometimes they'd ruin their own ski vacations because their legs were spent,” she says. So she came up with a conditioning class and Sports Club LA began a joint venture with the Aspen Snowmass Ski Company that caters to how athletes actually train, hitting the major parts of the body skiers use with cardio, agility, turning, jumping, lateral moves, and balance.
What does it do? The class strengthens the muscles that skiers actually use with specific attention to hamstrings and quads. One big move is lunges, both stationary and on slide discs, in order to strengthen the muscles around the knee that are the most vulnerable on a skiers body. The first part of the class focuses on agility and cardio, the second part on lunges and leg strength, and the third part hones in on core strength necessary for all athletes.
How does it feel? One class leaves you feeling like you just left the slopes. But be sure to skip the post-workout hot chocolate!
How can you get the workout at home? Stand on a bench or a box in skiers tuck position (as if you are getting ready to exit the chair lift). Keep the arms bent at a 90 degree angle at your side to simulate holding ski poles and begin to straddle the bench stepping down with the right foot, then left foot. Jump both feet back up to the top of the bench at the same time, keeping your tuck position. Repeat for 30 seconds alternating starting legs.