It is difficult to train specifically for skiing and ski racing because sliding on skis is hard to replicate in the gym. The gym is important for improving fitness but training our muscles to maintain balance requires a different skill set. The SkiA Sweetspot trainer can improve our ability to control fore-aft balance because it teaches us exactly where to stand to maintain balance. The trainer uses different size blocks that allow the user to gradually improve their skills so that they can refine their balance. When we stand on our skis and our skis begin to slide, we contract our core. The SkiA Trainer forces us to engage our core to maintain balance and thus teaches us how to manage for-aft balance.
To make perfectly carved turns we need to be balanced on our skis' sweet spot. Depending on our height and weight and the length of our levers (i.e. legs) the sweet spot is different for every skier. Finding the sweet spot and developing the skills to stay in that place throughout the turn is the difference between an average skiers and a great skier. We all know the feeling, but maintaining the sensation throughout the turn can be fleeting. The trick is to keep the hips forward, ankles flexed and the core engaged when the terrain changes, and the terrain is always changing. When we ski directly across the fall line the terrain is essentially flat but as soon as we turn our skis down the fall line everything changes and we must move forward to maintain balance. When the turn brings us back across the fall line the topography eases off again and we need to continue to manage our for-aft balance. The Sweetspot SkiA Trainer is a great tool for finding our point of balance and refining our ability to stay in balance. Give it a try.