The water ski off-season can be torturous, as weeks become months, with nothing but thinking about skiing to pass the time. Instead of simply remembering how well you were skiing as last season came to a close, use this downtime to make real strides toward better performances next summer. With our guidance and a little enthusiasm, you can enter next season ready to rip and physically equipped to take your skiing to the next level.
Seek professional help
This is often the most overlooked tip for skiers. Many are eager to get on-water instruction, but overlook the importance of acquiring off-season coaching. Training techniques have evolved considerably since your high school football days. Working with a trainer in the gym will allow you to work smarter instead of simply harder. If possible, select a trainer with some knowledge of water skiing, or educate your trainer using video. Remember to clearly discuss your goals with your trainer, keeping your ski needs in mind.
Hit the road
Cycling has gained mass popularity among a large number of water-ski professionals. The low-impact nature of being in the saddle for a few hours meshes well with the needs of water skiing, since it enables you to strengthen your cardiovascular system without hammering your knees and hips. Remember to temper your long-distance rides with alternating sprint/recovery rides to help increase your power and ability to recover quickly.