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Cooper Ott - Waiting for Snow!

Waiting for Snow

Well, it is the middle of December and we are still waiting for the snow to come.  When December arrived without snow I will admit I was bummed.  I still am.  Looking back on pictures from previous years from this time, of skiing 9” of fresh pow it is hard not to be a little bummed.  Unfortunately you cannot control weather.  Instead of moping around (like I did the first few days of “ski season”), I have decided to make the most of it and take advantage of the sunshine.  I am so thankful that Hartman Rocks is open for riding bikes, the resort is open although the coverage is thin, and CB South Fitness is open as well!  I may not be skiing pow in the backcountry, or on the resort for that matter but, there are plenty of other things to do and to get ready for when the snow flies.   

Even though I would rather be brushing snow off my car, or drifting through fresh snow on my bike all the way to the bus stop, I am making the most of the beautiful days.  This is a great time to ski the resort and work on technique, and break in my new Dalbello boots!  I have also been spending more and more time at the gym.  Kristin, the owner of the gym, does a great job of putting up fun workouts on the bulletin board.  The latest is a U.S ski team workout!  A perfect way to get your body ready for ski season!  

What was exciting for me, was this workout really brought back High School Ski team memories.  We used to do lateral box jumps for 60 seconds on the 12” box and our goal was 60 jumps. Although I used to do it like it was my day job, I have some work to do before I am back to hitting those numbers!

Winter 2018 goal: 60 jumps in 60 seconds on the 12” box

Another awesome exercise on the list was weighted single leg box squats.  This is where you are doing single leg squats down to the box, and then back up to standing position.  I was super surprised that this was much easier with my left leg than my right leg.  I am right hand dominant and also more comfortable right foot forward on the bike so I thought that it would be the other way around.  I guess with no snow, I have the time and ability to perfect both sides!

It is not always easy to make lemonade out of lemons, but it is usually worth the effort, and I am getting stronger and toning with each gym session.  Okay, off the computer for me and time to get out and enjoy these mild days before Mother Nature buries us in a thick white blanket!  

After doing the US Ski Team workout posted at the gym!  

After doing the US Ski Team workout posted at the gym!  

Work 'IN' to Workout

Greetings from snowy Crested Butte! 

This morning while my dog Athena and I were doing our favorite trail run loop - Caves up to Wallrod cut-off, back down to Cement Creek, it occurred to me just how much things have changed in the last couple of weeks since we were last up there.  The air is cold and humid, the leaves are vibrant yellow, and the trail has a nice layer of fallen leaves coating the ground.  I notice that the mountain tops all have snow on them while the gray sky is determined to shut out the sun out at all costs.  In this moment i'm thrilled that I thought to bring my rain shell as it protects me from the frigid breeze on this perfect Fall day. 

Fall - A Time for Change

The change of seasons does a couple of things; One, it gets us thinking about how we're going to get our next workout in when it's raining and snowing (and then raining some more), and two, it gets us thinking about the next season of fun at CBMR, winter ski passes and the majestic beauty of CB's iconic peaks in the wintertime. 

What's great about this time of year is that we can change our thought process - by thinking about working 'IN' to workout.  Fall forces us inside more than we like, but we still have the motivation and determination to want to stay in shape and feel good about the level of movement and activity we are getting.  Getting into the gym and doing cardio and strength training can not only help keep us in great running and biking shape during the off season, but it can also help condition us for skiing and snowboarding, as well as many other favorite winter sports. 

Thinking about working 'IN' the gym is fun!  If you do not agree or are a little bored with your typical exercises, check out the posters at the gym for new ideas, do some research online, or meet with a personal trainer at CB South Fitness who will create an awesome workout, and help you get maximum results for your favorite activities.

The Crested Butte Way 

I have had two new members come to me in the last week who want to workout in the gym to keep fit for biking during the off-season.  They love mountain biking more than anything, and they are already thinking about next season.  If I've had two people in a week approach me with the same goal in mind, I am willing to bet there are many more who think similarly.  Let CB South Fitness help the community stay strong year round so that we always feel confident in whatever our favorite sports may be!  

Check out our website for membership details, or click here - http://cbsouthfitness.com/membership. 

Photos from our run this morning. <3 

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