10 Ways to Improve Your Ski Performance|
Contributed By: Chris Fellows
- Focus on a
- A good way to quiet a
critical mind and to allow your body to perform without interference is to
focus on a distant point to ski to, to turn to, to hit to, to run to, etc...
- It's natural to make
- It's an integral part of
learning. Your body is simply adjusting to new movements.
- Stop comparing your
performance with everyone else's.
- You will always be better
than some and not as good as others.
- Learning new movements may
- When learning new
movements and/or attempting to change existing body patterns your body will
often feel uncomfortable. Don't worry, it's normal. The uncomfortable feeling
will gradually disappear.
- Notice things you are
- Each time you find
yourself downgrading your performance, immediately find something that you are
doing that's working, there is always something. Focus your attention of what
is working rather than on what isn't.
- If you feel tired, don't
stop, just slow down
- Repeatedly tell yourself,
"I'm going to stop being tired." This is how you train yourself to perform
well, even when you are fatigued. It's also a way to develop a "second
- What to do when you find
yourself struggling and unable to relax.
- Picture yourself
performing smoothly, rhythmically, and with ease
- When you feel
- Ask yourself: "is it
necessary for that part of my body to be tense?" If it isn't say to yourself,
"it's okay, you can let go, you can relax now." Say it as often as you feel it
is needed, let your body take the time it needs to relax.
- Play with people who want
- It's much easier to
perform when in an atmosphere where you are not constantly criticized by
- Challenge yourself.
- Play with people who are
more accomplished than you.
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