September 13, 2009
Haley Piske, of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic team, strains while working out at the Winter Sports Club's Howelsen Hill weight room Friday. Piske was one of a half-dozen Nordic athletes preparing for the winter. Winter Sports Club coach Josh Smullin said building upper body strength - but not upper body bulk - is an easy way for the average Nordic skier to improve.
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Preparing for the snow season is always a good idea said Mark Jones, an exercise physiologist for Steamboat's Optimum Fitness. "A fitness program is like an insurance policy," he said Friday, speaking between the personal training appointments that filled his day. "If you're not fit, your risks go up. If you are fit and do get hurt, you have a smaller chance of having a more severe injury."