Secrets of Low Intensity Training

Secrets of Low Intensity Training

Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
First things first: what sort of people are Training Tips aimed at? Certainly not at the elite racers or hardcore, dedicated amateurs, many of whom train over ten hours a week – and spend another ten reading specialized literature on endurance training. On the other hand, we don't really expect to catch the attention of people who are 100% recreational and wouldn't even consider training for any ski race, let alone marathons. That leaves us with those in the middle – those willing and able to put some effort into to improving their physical form and, eventually, getting rewarded for it. Let's (very loosely) define them as people who would consider training 5-6 hours a week without knowing how to start, or have already started and are feeling discouraged by…
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UpDated: “Exercise-in-a-pill” Is Here. What Would WADA Say?

UpDated: “Exercise-in-a-pill” Is Here. What Would WADA Say?

Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting, Trivia
This is what we published about a year ago: [caption id="attachment_3064" align="alignleft" width="300"] Source: Salk Institute[/caption] Good news or bad news for sport? A group of scientists, working at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have published a study purporting to show “ how to fully activate a gene pathway with a chemical compound, mimicking the beneficial effects of exercise, including increased fat burning and stamina.” Developing endurance “traditional way” i.e. through physical training, means being able to sustain an aerobic activity for longer periods of time. As people become more fit, their muscles shift from burning carbohydrates to burning fat.  “It’s well known that people can improve their aerobic endurance through training,” says senior author Ronald Evans, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and holder of Salk’s March of Dimes Chair…
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Choosing the Most Important Item in XC Skiing

Choosing the Most Important Item in XC Skiing

Training & Outfitting
The most important piece of skiing equipment is actually boots. Surprised? Well, consider this: the wrong skis might slow you down, but won't give you foot cramps or frozen toes; a broken pole, although a big nuisance, can be replaced on the racetrack. The first thought that comes to your head when you look at the prices of the xc ski boots is probably: “wow, that's some very expensive stuff”. Well, they are expensive. In fact, top ski boots are more expensive that top skis. The fact of the matter is, almost all mid-level and top ski boots are still designed and crafted in good old Europe, and the price reflects their manufacturing costs. Another reason they are so expensive is because they are remarkable pieces of engineering. The top…
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Training with Petter Eliassen

Training with Petter Eliassen

Leaders, Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
Petter Eliassen, the leader of Team LeasePlan, two-time winner of the Ski Classics marathon series, the man who won both Vasaloppet and Birkebeiner in the same year, has decided to retire after this season. Many will miss the Norwegian "Tiger" known for his ability to break from the pack in the race and pull away, as well as his exquisite, refined doublepoling technique. Here, we look back in time and re-publish an original story from the summer of 2015, when The Daily Skier's editor, Denis Kabanen, spent a week training with Eliassen in his northerly hometown of Alta, Norway: ...Finnmark is the least populous province of Norway, home to only 75,000 people. Yet it's the place where some of the world's top skiers came from: Kristin Størmer Steira, Finn Hågen…
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