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Got the Winter Bug?

Published in the October 2011 Issue Published online: Oct 18, 2011 Sledheads
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Are you getting the winter bug already? Are you looking forward and dreaming of those cold mornings filled with deep powder turns? With snow just months away, here are some great ways to get yourself ready for snowmobiling season.

Get off the couch.
A lot of us look for every way possible to improve sled performance. Lightweight mods to the sled can only go so far. You might need to take a look at the rider. Here is the best, most effective improvement you will ever do to improve your sled handling. Are you ready? Shed a couple of pounds prior to winter and get in shape.

Get out and ride.
If you have a dirt bike/mountain bike or stand up jet-ski, get out and ride. These sports are a great way to cross train to prepare for snowmobiling season.

Get to the gym.
Don't mean to sound like a broken record, but this is still a tried and true way to get in shape. A well-rounded workout routine with a balanced diet, to this day, is a great way to stay fit and prepare for a riding season. Functional training can also be used in gym workouts to focus and strengthen muscles used while snowmobiling. We will cover some of those routines in upcoming issues of Sled Fit Tip.

Get CrossFit.
This type of training has become popular in the last half a century, but the training principles have been used by police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, martial artists and hundreds of other professional athletes worldwide. The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. For more information check out www.crossfit.com.

 

Stay tuned for upcoming articles of sled fit tips, where we will demonstrate snowmobiling-specific training techniques and ways to improve your riding.