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What is the best conditioning program to prepare to go skiing for a week?

The first goal of cardiovascular training for skiing is to build a good aerobic base. To start the process, you will need to build up your work capacity. This is done by doing lower-intensity work on cardio equipment to reduce the pounding on the joints. Building the work capacity slowly is a safe way to ensure you that when you start the higher intensity, you will be able to maintain good form. Once you can handle at least thirty minutes of low-intensity training, increase your aerobic base by pushing the anaerobic threshold higher. Skiing can be a series of anaerobic bursts if you are going down the hill at high speeds. Doing intervals that put high demands on the legs for one minute at a time is a good way to build cardiovascular and leg strength. You might have to start with fifteen second intervals and slowly build up to the one minute goal. These high-intensity intervals should be done two times per week.

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