By George Thomas

Health exams, skiing-specific workouts, cross-training conditioning courses, and technique-enhancing drills for downhill skiers of all skill degrees.

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Isotonic resistance entails forced movement of the body part, such as when you use weights or exercise machines. This kind of resistance actually involves two muscular contractionsconcentric, in which the muscle shortens, and eccentric, or negative, in which the muscle lengthens while effort is made to resist the movement. In a dumbbell curl, muscles contract concentrically as you raise the weight to your chest, and eccentrically as you slowly lower the weight. Isokinetic resistance is found primarily on specialized equipment like a Cybex machine, which has variable resistance and a governor Page 13 that allows movement at only a selected speed.

The ramshackle building was staffed by great old guys with rough hands, wearing berets and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes. The pride they had in their skis was apparent with autographed pictures of Jean-Claude Killy and other French greats hanging on the wall. Today, the pride is still there, but the plant is modern and controlled by computer. Modern ski design employs sophisticated technology and sensitive laboratory testing. Internal and external dampers are tuned to allow performance-enhancing vibrations but inhibit others.

Variety One of the biggest problems with conditioning programs is monotony. Most athletes like to work out, and hard. But few can tolerate weeks or months of the same routines. It's boring and can over-emphasize some muscles and movements. Through general conditioning, sports participation, and learning new skills, you develop a broad athletic base. This is important for skiers because they learn adaptability. You'll get more out of your skiing because you have a richer spectrum of talents from which to draw.

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