Austria Insight on 8 November 2012 by Karin Sawetz.

'Fit for Ski' the motto of the European health and fitness clubs 'Holmes Place' in early November 2012 in Austria where the snow sport season has just begun.

Caused by Austria's geography (a large part of the country belongs to the Central European Alps) and the Middle European climate, snow sports like ski or snowboard are traditional leisure activities of the region in winter.

I can remember that during school time at Gymnasium - sounds like a sport school but 'Gymnasium' is the Austrian name for a higher Middle School where pupils get fit for academic education on universities, my class was trained for ski sport activities. The teachers called it 'Zirkeltraining' (circuit-training) and nobody liked it; long time I thought the training is a sadistic idea of the teachers. We had to wear for example vests filled with lead and jump on benches. Even if the circuit-training at school was intense, the body was prepared and fit for the class ski course; this special sport course is tradition at schools in Austria.

For grown-ups and the younger ones who have not such good sport teachers or programs at their schools, the three weeks 'Fit for Ski' program with personal trainer at the four Holmes Place clubs in Vienna seems to be a good tip. It is announced that the course is available for different fitness levels. 'Fit for Ski' focuses on the prevention of accidents and injuries by conditioning the body and strengthening the muscles for "...more fun and security on slopes" such as Katharina Händler, Fitness Expert of Holmes Place Health Clubs, says.

fig. original: The 'Fit for Ski' program is equipped with terra band, medicine ball, stepper, etc:

Photo: (C) Holmes Place.

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