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Movement Modes: A way to think about core stability in nordic skiing

One of the hallmarks of the modern elite nordic skier is a strong and stable core. The entire torso, all the way from the shoulders to hips, is stable with little visible movement. Dasha Gaiazova Atkins, 2x Olympian, says her core is a “platform” she pushes against.

The idea that the core should be strong and stable is widely accepted in sport. Strength training in the gym teaches the same principle. We used to move when we trained our trunk muscles. Now core training is…

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Listen to this: finally a podcast for nordic skiers

Love podcasts? Love cross-country skiing? Then you’ll want to check out the new podcast, Nordic Nation, from the popular cross-country skiing news website, FasterSkier has been periodically publishing audio interviews since 2009. The archives are here. They recently upped their game, rebranding their podcast and launching it on iTunes. It’s only natural that we have […]

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What is XC Ski Nation?

We’ve had lots of inquiries from people wondering what this means for this website and our Youtube videos. Will we be deleting content or making previously public content pay-only access?

So, here’s the answer:

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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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