Wake Up, Glutes, and Get to Work!

About 6 years ago I was “diagnosed” with “inactive” gluteal muscles. I was working with an exercise therapist and my complaint was a sore hip while running. The therapist showed me how one of my glutes was stronger than the other and how my right and left quadricep muscles were mismatched in size and strength.

Over the years I’ve consulted with chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, and a strength trainer about my “inactive” glutes. I’ve come a long way in terms of glute activation and strength, but even last winter I had problems with skate skiing that seem related to glute activation. So one of my fitness goals for this summer is to significantly strengthen my glutes and improve my hip stability.

Whatever you want to call it – inactive glutes, glute weakness, glute amnesia – it’s a common problem, so…

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Better Cues for Better Skiing

Summary: Improve your motor learning and athletic performance by focussing your thoughts externally rather than thinking about your body and how it’s moving.

This article summarizes the science that compares internal and external coaching cues. You can apply these principles to any sport or motor learning task.

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Top Technique Trend

The other day I had a chance to catch up with Chris Jeffries, Head Coach of the Alberta World Cup Academy, one of our national training centres.

Chris is someone we often turn to for help with ski technique; he’s generous about sharing his knowledge and is dedicated to growing nordic skiing in Canada.

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Come to Canada!

The Tour de Ski wrapped up yesterday with the final stage – a brutal skate race up a steep alpine ski hill.

Thanks to “Skiing Vinnie” for posting both the men’s and women’s races on his YouTube channel.

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