Should Men and Women Double Pole Differently?

There’s a long list of physical differences between men and women. Women are not simply scaled down, weaker versions of men. On average, we differ in: Body proportions, Ratios of upper body to lower body strength, Relative upper and lower body mass, Body fat percentages, Centre of mass locations for the whole body and for … Read more

Why Does the Knee Cave in on Skate Skis?

[responsive_video type=’vimeo’][/responsive_video] Is it tight adductors? Weak abductors? Inactive gluts? Or are we missing the forest for the trees? Regarding practical advice. No. I can’t suggest exercises. As I said, as far as I can see there is no simple fix. My primary goal was to introduce an alternative narrative to explain this problem, as … Read more

Is it time to stop using the “Ab Crunch” cue?

[responsive_video type=’youtube’ hide_related=’1′ hide_logo=’1′ hide_controls=’0′ hide_title=’1′ hide_fullscreen=’0′ autoplay=’1′]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX9utcgaMU0&feature=youtu.be[/responsive_video] I don’t usually make long videos (20 min) for YouTube, but the “ab crunch” cue is so deeply entrenched in cross-country skiing that it merits a thorough discussion. You don’t need to watch this the screen to get the gist of my arguments, so go ahead and … Read more

Weight transfer for thinking skiers

Weight transfer and balance Ski drills to improve balance often challenge you to hold your balance on a single ski. A common example is to balance on one ski as you glide downhill. We work on balance, in part, to improve weight transfer. Weight transfer is an expression used in Nordic skiing to describe how … Read more

Questions to Assess Your Poling

Here are some suggestions for things to think about on your next ski outing: What’s Your Upper Body to Lower Body Ratio of Effort? The use of poles allows you to distribute the workload across your upper and lower body, but only if you use them efficiently. Men can use a higher proportion of upper … Read more