Staying in shape for the ski season when there is no snow on the ground can be a challenge. Skiing and snowboarding are dynamic, full-throttle sports requiring endurance and full body workouts concentrating on strength, balance and flexibility. Keeping those legs active while hiking is a fun way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and the great outdoors. Adding to that some muscle isolating exercises makes for a great off-season workout. And what about the latest in trends for luxury home-fitness? Check out the sights, the moves and the latest in home wellness suites…
Tahoe Rim Trail Hike
Looking for a strenuous summer workout that brings you to spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, but without the massive crowds that you find on some of Tahoe’s favorite trails? Head to the East Shore’s Snow Valley Peak on the Tahoe Rim Trail. With 9,214 feet of elevation, Snow Valley Peak is the East Shore’s highest mountain above Tahoe. It’s also within the city limits of Carson City, Nev., and is the highest point within the city. You can hike it as a 12-mile roundtrip on the TRT. Or, better yet, add an extra mile and a lot of variety by combining the TRT with the Marlette Lake Trail.
The route begins at the Spooner Summit North, Tahoe Rim Trailhead. This is located on State Route 50, just three-quarters of a mile from the intersection of state routes 50 and 28 on Spooner Summit. Parking is limited. Restrooms are available across the busy highway at the South Spooner Summit TRT trailhead, where there is also parking. There is no water at either trailhead and you will be needing a lot of water on this dry trail. If you bring a dog, be sure to bring all the water it will need, as well.
The route is pretty straight forward. Get on the trail and head north for 6 miles from Spooner Summit to Snow Valley Peak. The first 4 miles north are a steady, hot climb up a ridgeline along a scattered forest of red fir and Jeffrey pines with limited views. Just about the time you are wondering why in the hell you are doing this, it gets dramatically better…
Continue to full article | Excerpt from Tahoe Weekly issue August 9, 2017 by Tim Hauserman
5 Conditioning Workouts for the Off-Season
The thought of snow covered mountains and freshly groomed runs may seem like a decade away, but in reality, it’s a lot closer than you think. While most workouts put on emphasis on getting people that perfect beach body, this workout guide will focus on that time of year when people need to be in shape to hit the slopes. Skiing is a great workout, but stepping on the slopes with no preparation can turn that beautiful day of sunshine and fresh powder into a nightmare. These five workouts are intended to make it feel like you’ve been skiing all season and prevent any soreness you would usually feel after your first day. Legs, core and endurance are the focus of this workout to ensure you have enough stamina and strength for the ski season.
Skiing is not as simple as pointing two fiberglass sticks down a hill and going; it’s a complete cardio workout. Stair training is the perfect exercise to get you in shape for skiing because it combines leg strength and cardio endurance.
- Find a decent platform of stairs with a good number of steps to climb that you have easy access to. Most high school football bleachers will do.
- Run up the stairs at a comfortable pace, making sure to touch every step to help with speed and agility.
- Once at the top, proceed to walk down the stairs.
Continue this workout for at least 15 minutes with three short breaks in between. Increase the duration of your stair training each week in order to build cardio endurance and leg strength.
Continue to full article by Cooper Chavez
Home Gyms: The Next Generation
The latest wellness suites allow you to hone the perfect body, develop a calm mind, and even improve your climbing skills without so much as stepping outside
an you buy wellness? Or, better still, build it into your daily routine at home? You can certainly buy the equipment, and the interior design, to help you on your way. The global trend for “wellness suites” in private residences and developments has long surpassed the average home gym of old—we’ve moved on from a few dumbbells and a solitary exercise bike.
In 2017, any home worth its salt will have a more holistic approach: state-of-the-art facilities might include an indoor pool with treatment rooms, 2-in-1 sauna and steam cabins, or a private yoga deck. For the truly committed, meditation pavilions, Himalayan salt grottos, and even climbing walls or gymnastics facilities can also be factored into new designs or added to an existing property.
According to the International Well Building Institute (IWBI), an offshoot of its American forebear launched in 1941, the seven core concepts of the wellness standard for buildings—air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind—can improve everything from a person’s energy and stress levels to their alertness and productivity.
“We spend more than 90 percent of our time indoors, which means that buildings, and everything in them, can have a profound effect on health,” says IWBI chairman Rick Fedrizzi.
Beyond fitting out a room with beautiful exercise equipment from the likes of TechnoGym and PENT, there is a movement toward integrating wellness into homes that enhances not just physical appearance but emotional wellbeing, too.
Continue to full article | Christie’s International Real Estate, Luxury Defined, July 28, 2017