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Sam Meredith: Barefooting, Fitness, and Diet

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

I think a key aspect to barefoot waterskiing is to be light and agile with a good power to weight ratio. In the off season many skiers tend to gain weight and lose their ski fitness. It it is easy to stop exercising all together and therefore consume more calories than you burn which ultimately leads to a positive energy balance and will cause weight gain. Maintaining the same body weight is as simple as balancing the amount of calories consumed to the amount you expend. This means that if you eat a lot of foods that are high in empty calories (simple sugars) or saturated fats you will need to expend more energy through exercise to prevent yourself storing all you extra food energy as fat. Without changing your diet too drastically you can address your energy balance through exercise and avoid starting your season with those extra pounds to carry on the water.

On top of your strength training, I would recommend that you use cardiovascular training to help maintain fitness and burn the calories you would usually burn when skiing. Three common types of cardiovascular training you might use are continuous, interval and fartlek. Continues training is keeping your body at a steady heart rate for a long period of time without going into anaerobic exercise and producing lactic acid. Interval training is high intensity exercise for a short periods of time where your body may in fact go into anerobic exercise (which would be impossible to sustain) before you rest and then go again repeatedly. I believe this kind of training is more beneficial and more like the type of cardiovascular training you would experience when barefoot waterskiing. Fartlek training involves you changing the speed and intensity in which you work at. In terms of running this may constitute to a steady run to a short sprint, then reverting back to a steady run. Another example of this type of training might be a steady jog down a hill then sprinting to the top without rest breaks as you are playing with the intensity at which you work.

Sam Meredith