There are several vital qualities a Cross Athlete (Ski and Boardercross) must possess to consistently be a top performer from race to race. Strength, balance, endurance, power, quickness/agility, technical skills and mental focus are a few of the more obvious. Becoming faster and quicker over features on the racecourse is a common result that athletes I train want to gain from their off-season gym work.
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These athletes at first are a little surprised when I prescribe a steady diet of weight training for strength and size before we come close to doing anything that even remotely resembles traditional speed/agility-style training.