Snowboarding and skiing preserve the gravity-defying tricks of surfing without the threat of sharks or sudden, unexpected nudity. Layer up with today's Groupon: for $49, you get three snow-sports boot-camp sessions and a fitness consultation at SportZal, located in the Belmont Plaza Shopping Center (a $135 value). Click here for a class schedule.
SportZal's corrective fitness experts prime physiques for a slip-free season of soaring down slopes with their snow-sports preseason conditioning boot camp, which has readied skiing staff members at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows snow-sports schools. A body assessment and consultation first generates a custom program around athletes' goals. Up to eight students then augment mountaineering muscles with strength training, and flexibility drills teach arms to simultaneously steer and knit a sweater with ski poles. Training stages follow precedents set by the US Ski Team, boosting base strength before asking students to work at maximum power, and then easing into agility exercises. Limbs also unfurl into healing yoga poses to avoid such snowboarding strains as aching knees and back pain prompted by hugging yetis.