The Winter Athlete: Secrets of Wholistic Fitness for Outdoor Performance

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Big Earth Publishing, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 465 pages
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Outdoor recreation is attracting more and more participants every year, and winter is no longer seen as an off-season or a time to be shut indoors. Winter sports, once the select domain of ski racers, now attract all outdoor enthusiasts. Cyclists, runners, kayakers, and hikers use winter sports as a catalyst to their off-season fitness. Millions of people across the world tapped into the Winter Olympics and Winter X-Games, skyrocketing the interest in winter sports among young people.

The Winter Athlete covers both endurance sports -- Nordic skiing, polar paddling, snowshoeing, winter mountain biking, winter mountaineering, and multisport competition -- and skill sports -- alpine skiing, ice climbing, snowboarding, telemarking. Ilg offers sport-specific training prescriptions, exercise descriptions, nutritional guidance, and photos from his fifteen-year span as a nationally sponsored multisport athlete.

As a trainer for many international competitors, Steve Ilg found something missing from traditional conditioning regimens. Believing that real life was more of a dance than a mathematical formula, he saw the need for a more fluid, more human approach to personal coaching. He developed Wholistic Fitness "RM", a five-limbed approach to training that combines cardiovascular and kinesthetic elements with strength, meditation, and nutrition.

The perfectly balanced training regimens in The Winter Athlete are appropriate for winter competitors, summer competitors who need to maintain year-round peak condition, and recreational athletes who just want to get outdoors and stay in shape.

 

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