Train like an Alpine Skier with Body Bar

While Alpine Skiing generally involves the whole body, the lower body muscles are primary for skiers.  These muscles include the hip complex, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and even muscles in the feet.  The hip complex (as the name suggests) is one of the most complex areas to train.  Having strength and flexibility in this area is essential to performing other exercises involving the lower body.  For instance, in a deadlift, if the the hip complex is weak and not activated, you can not perform the exercise properly to engage the hamstrings.  These Body Bar moves focuse on strengthening the hips using hip abduction and adduction.

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Side lying Hip Abduction: Lay sideways on the floor and bend the bottom leg. Place one end of the bar on the top foot and the other end near your chest. Lift the top leg a few inches form the floor. Lower to the starting position.

Side lying Hip Adduction: Lay sideways on the floor and bend the top leg. Place one end of the bar on the bottom foot (inside arch) and the other end near your chest. Lift the top leg a few inches form the floor. Lower to the starting position.

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