By joining Alpine Strength you are joining an exclusive training program that is usually only shared with World Cup athletes. In an effort to bridge the gap between junior racers and World Cup racers, Marie-Michele Gagnon has partnered with world-renowned trainer Alejo Hervas to create a more accessible training program. Each program has been carefully created and caters to the age category specified. Alejo Hervas has worked with ski racers of all ages and knows better than anyone else what makes a great program. After a successful ski season on the World Cup, Marie-Michele realized that ski-specific training is imperative for success – thus Alpine Strength was created in an effort to help up skiers of all levels to reach their greatest potential.

Ski Racing Programs

These programs are designed directly based off of my experience over the last 10 seasons training for the World Cup tour.  Needless to say I have had a lot of time to figure out what works and what doesn’t in my personal training and I am excited to share my training secrets with you.

General Overview 

  • Week 1 to 3 is an introduction block. It is designed to build a good solid strength base and learn the ski specific movement patterns, so that the next two training blocks are more beneficial.
  • Week 4 to 6 is a higher volume training block designed to make the bulk of the strength gains. It’s basically the time to get down and dirty with more repetitions, and more training sessions to get your system going.
  • Week 7 to 8 are designed to bring more quality over quantity to the program, focusing on power and precision by doing less reps with more weight, and bringing more pin-point intensity to the program. This last training block is the ultimate preparation for your race season.

Age: 12 and Under

MMG (2 of 20)
  • Appropriate for athletes who do not have extensive knowledge of weightlifting techniques
  • Uses body weight for most exercises
  • Incorporates body movement and agility to help athletes gain understanding of their different muscle groups.
  • Includes games
  • Does not require a gym
  • Very similar to what Marie-Michele did when she was under 12 years old

Age: 12 - 14

MMG (4 of 20)
  • High Intensity
  • One or Two workouts per day
  • Six days a week
  • Requires a gym
  • Requires some knowledge of weightlifting techniques and personal maximum repetitions and limitations
  • Appropriate for 12 – 14 year olds

Age: 14+

MMG (18 of 20)
  • High Intensity
  • Two workouts a day
  • Six days a week
  • Very similar to Marie-Michele’s program
  • Requires a gym
  • Requires extensive knowledge of weightlifting techniques and personal maximum repetitions and limitations
  • Appropriate for FIS level and Masters racers

Recreational Skier Program

For the Recreational Skier, Alpine Strength has designed two programs to be mostly done at home with little or no equipment: Blue Square and Black Diamond. The Blue Square Program will be for those who have never followed a workout program or who have minimal time. The Black Diamond Program is for those who already workout on their own time, and want to train more like a ski racer.

The exercises have been chosen deliberately to help you ski stronger and stay healthy. The programs are both 6 weeks long.

Recreational Program: Blue Square

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Recreational Program: Black Diamond

MMG (10 of 20)

With these Programs:

o   Will be able to step on skis feeling confident, strong and ready

o   Will be able to immediately progress – with almost no wasted ski days trying to get the feeling back

o   Will be able to improve carving, inclination and acceleration because the necessary muscles will be ready to deliver the goods

o   Will be able to reduce risk of injury and soreness

o   Will be able to lengthen productive ski days

o   Better balance/équilibre

o   You get all this, and more, from a very specific and easy to follow program

o   You get to correspond with Mitch, one of the most successful ski racers in the world, through periodic newsletters.

Compare the Programs