Case Study: Tom Double Pole (Video Drill)

Double poling is a deceptively difficult cross-country ski technique to master. To the untrained eye, it looks simple because the limbs move in unison. There’s no need to coordinate legs and arms moving in different directions. But if you think about it, from the time you could crawl, you’ve been alternating your limb movement. It’s completely […]

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Do You Have the Strength for This?

It’s a cliche to say that cross-country skiing is a great workout. Cross-country skiers love to claim their sport is “The World’s Best Cardio Workout” and brag about “full body exercise”. To be honest, I don’t care too much about the health benefits of cross-country skiing. It’s a nice side benefit, for sure, but there […]

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One Simple Truth to Help You Cross-country Ski Better

If you want to ski better, you are going to have to ski differently. It’s an obvious statement, but still worth contemplating. When you cross-country ski, your body naturally falls into certain movement patterns. We can think of these as “bad habits”, or we can think of these pre-programmed movements as assets. They have underlying […]

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Case Study: Kim Diagonal Stride

I think we can learn a lot about cross-country skiing by evaluating an actual skier’s technique. Of course, not everyone would want to have his technique evaluated on a public forum like this, so, to get us started, I think the first person to go under the microscope should be…me! Here is a video of […]

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