MUSCULAR AEROBIC SYSTEM
Cross-country skiing can be broken into two different categories each with their own crossover benefits. Classic skiing, where you are in a set track, toes pointing forward and you kick or extend one leg out behind you, most closely mimics running from a muscular standpoint. Although the actions are not exact, the basic movements including opposing arm and leg actions are similar. Muscularly, the gluteal group, calf, lower back and hip flexors are all active during cross-country skiing and although they are firing in slightly different ways there are still significant benefits.
Skate skiing, on the other hand, more closely targets the muscles involved in cycling. It’s no surprise that some of the best cyclists in the world compete at a similar level in speed skating, which has very similar movements to skate skiing. The gluteal muscle group is a huge contributor to the actions involved in any skating action and is a prime driver on a bike. A great deal of the power you generate on a bike will come from the largest of these, the gluteus maximus. Spending time developing this group of muscles will help your cycling in the summer months. Like snowshoeing, skiing, is hugely beneficial for triathletes. Cross-country skiing has the added benefit of involving the upper body. This increases the body’s need for oxygen and adds aerobic stress, meaning it’s often easier to get a harder workout purely because the sport involves