What is a Ski Trainer?

It’s basically an upright rowing machine, but it simulates the motion of Nordic skiing.

The Ski Trainer gets your heart rate up high with a focus on the upper body, which is quite unique, unlike most other cardio machines you can think of. You need to use your upper body primarily to operate the Ski Trainer. You’ll move from flat feet to tip toes on each stroke (more on form later) but there’s no real ground impact involved.

It’s really great for some people who have injuries to their lower body as this piece of equipment is low impact and will spare your joints.

It also works your arms, back, shoulders, and abs, all at the same time.

Specifically, your lats, shoulders, triceps, and abs all get involved when you’re using this machine, pretty much your entire upper body is worked when you’re going through the motions.

Here’s how to use the Ski Trainer correctly:
  • Stand in front of the machine with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Grab onto the handles, so your hands are above your head and slightly bent.
  • Then, pull the handles down in front of you as your bend your knees and push your hips back, as if you’re cross-country skiing.
  • Pull the cables down and back until your hands are down by your thighs, arms parallel to your torso.
  • Straighten your arm as much as you can.
  • Reverse the movement to bring your arms back up to starting position as you lift to your tip toes.
  • Immediately pull back down, lowering your heels to the ground, and continue repeating this movement pattern.
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