Rocketing down an icy mountain at 80 miles an hour requires a special kind of guts—and a special kind of workout! Paula Moltzan, 18, one of the youngest members of the U.S. National Ski Team, gave us an inside look at her intense training routine as she prepares for the 2014 Olympic qualifications. After a dynamic warm-up to increase range of motion, cardio sprints to boost aerobic capacity, and plyometric training to hone the explosive movements skiers need, she breaks out her secret weapon: proprioceptive training. "Proprioception is the ability to know where your limbs are in space without looking," says Ryan Svenby, one of Moltzan's trainers.
You don't need to be an aspiring Olympian to benefit from these moves. Proprioception exercises can help improve your body's ability to perform everyday activities, maximize your workout, and prevent injury.
Ready to hit the slopes? Take a spin through Moltzan's workout and then show those double black diamonds (or bunny slopes) who's boss!
RELATED: 5 Moves That Tone from Head to Toe
You can use your keyboard to see the next slide ( ← previous, → next)
This workout will give you an entirely new respect for women on the slopes
woman skiing on the side of a mountain
Ski Training: Pro Skier Paula Moltzan's Workout Plan