Eccentric Leg Press
Concentric muscle contractions involve muscle fibers shortening — what happens as you curl a barbell — and eccentric contractions lengthen muscles, like when you slow that barbell from swinging down. In skiing, eccentric contractions are key, firing as you turn to hold you up against gravity. “In preseason, we do more eccentric work because it really is a specialized strength,” says Naperalsky.
TRY THIS: Find a hip sled, take one leg off the plate, and let the weight down with the other leg in a slow, controlled movement. Once that leg hits 90 degrees, add the other foot to the plate and power up with both feet. Repeat 10 times per leg.
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