Slopercise fitness plan is the perfect prelude for powder and pistes

Whether you go every year or are planning your first trip, being in peak condition to meet the demands of the slopes is essential. However, even just one day of skiing or snowboarding can result in stiffness and muscle strains – meaning losing valuable time on the slopes.

With nearly 200,000 winter worshippers travelling with Crystal Ski Holidays annually, the ski holiday operator estimates that at least the same amount of days are missed pursuing what skiers love most due to unwanted aches and pains. Crystal has therefore joined forces with David Lloyd Clubs to help combat these common conditions by creating a fun, easy to follow three step exercise plan called ‘Slopercise’.

Aiming to ensure that snow-lovers not only develop buns of steel but are suitably supple before they set off, the new Slopercise exercise plan is inspired by a variety of ski moves.  Exercises include the ‘Mogul Ski Hop’, ‘Powder Snow Pole Pull’ and ‘Après-Ski Stein Squat’ to name but a few.   From warm-up to warm-down and a raft of fun, high energy moves in between, the classes provide clear progression over time.  If followed on a regular basis, Slopercise will help tighten and tone even the most resistant muscle groups. The Slopercise exercise plan can be viewed for free via Crystal’s YouTube channel1.

Lindsey Cairns, Crystal’s Overseas General Manager, based in Austria, commented: “During the winter season, we’re talking with our customers in resort daily and know aches and pains are common. And as we want to ensure everyone is able to get the most out of their holiday this forthcoming season, we created the Slopercise exercise plan with the fitness experts at David Lloyd Clubs.”

Alastair Crew, Group Health and Fitness Manager from David Lloyd Clubs, commented: “Slopercise provides ski fans an opportunity to get into shape before they hit the slopes. We had lots of fun devising the classes with Crystal Ski Holidays and will be hosting free Slopercise classes for our members in our gyms this winter2.”

From 26 – 29 October, Crystal, in association with David Lloyd Clubs, will be launching Slopercise by hosting a series of live classes for anyone to try at The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show3.

See example exercises #GetMoreWinter this season with Slopercise – example exercises.



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1                      The Slopercise exercise plan can be viewed for free via Crystal Ski Holiday’s YouTube channel:

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2                      David Lloyd Clubs’ members can also take advantage of Synrgy 360 Slopercise classes, available at selected clubs across the country as of 30 October. There will be three classes for all the family to enjoy fun and functional winter holiday prep; Synrgy 360 Slopercise for adults and teens aged 14+, Synrgy 360 Slopercise for 11-15’s, Synrgy 360 Slopercise Family for adults and kids aged 8+.

The class is designed to prepare your body in advance for the demands of the winter slopes with an intense workout reducing injury risk and improving endurance on-piste. The sessions focus on improving leg symmetry for balance and control, flexibility around the ankle and hip joints for fluid movement, mid-line stability for stronger landings and lower body power and endurance. Non skiers and boarders are welcome to attend.

3                      Timings for Slopercise @Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show, The Lodge, Battersea Park

Thursday 26 Oct Friday 27 Oct Saturday 28 Oct Sunday 29 Oct
13:00 – 13:45