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

How to Buy Perfect Poles

These are the standard lengths we recommend for pole length. Your height (cm) – 30 = Classic pole length. Your height (cm) – 20 = Skate pole length. When poles are too long, it forces skiers into a more upright position and makes it hard for them to get into an athletic stance.

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′][/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

V1-Offset: What the science says about timing and pole positions

I just finished up a new video course about V1-Offset technique based on a research paper from 2015. The scientists studied 15 elite male skiers from the Austrian, Norwegian and Swedish national teams, including 9 skiers ranked in the top 20 in the world. They used a roller ski treadmill, pressure sensors and a motion … Read more