Fitness Cross-country Skiing

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Human Kinetics, 1998 - Medical - 169 pages

Fitness Cross-Country Skiingis the perfect training tool for the more than five million people in the United States and Canada who have discovered the benefits of this healthy, low-impact form of exercise. The book's 58 color-coded workouts challenge skiers according to their fitness and skiing ability, and three sample training programs show how to put it all together for high-level conditioning, cross-training, or racing.

Ski expert Steve Gaskill guides readers through the best skiing workouts, drawing on over 25 years of ski coaching experience, including 10 with the U.S. Ski Team.

Highlights of the book include:

- Tips on choosing the right equipment
- Fifty-eight great workouts spanning six color-coded training zones, from low to high intensity
- Forty-three indoor and summer workouts for year-round fitness
- Cross-training advice for running, cycling, hiking, and in-line skating
- Three levels of training programs for high-level conditioning or racing
- Guidelines for setting up a personalized training program

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About the author (1998)

Steve Gaskill worked for the U.S. Ski Team for10 years--as head coach of the Nordic Combined (ski jumping and cross-country skiing) and Cross-Country teams and as director of the coaches' educational programs. Gaskill has coached at three Olympic Games, and twenty skiers who have trained under him have competed in the Olympics. In 1992 the U.S. Ski Association named him the U.S. Cross-Country Coach of the Year.

Gaskill was the founder and first director of Team Birke Ski Education Foundation, which is dedicated to the development of excellence in cross-country ski programs for skiers of all ages. He also has published more than 200 articles about cross-country skiing and has produced six instructional videotapes. He has presented his extensive research findings on training for cross-country skiing to the American College of Sports Medicine and has written a major article for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Gaskill lives in Burnsville, Minnesota, with his wife, Kathy. His favorite leisure activities include cross-country skiing, hiking, and mountaineering.

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