Tobi Tritscher's fitness statistics

Tobi Tritscher’s fitness stats 

Photo: Anton Brey/brey-photography.de

The Austrian skier spends his time in the backcountry, seeking out monstrous lines. Here’s how he forges legs of steel
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SQUATS ON A SWISS BALL IN EVERY WORKOUT 

“An upper body like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s isn’t necessary for skiing, but you do need a very strong and stable core. At first, squats on a Swiss ball felt super-shaky, but I’ve built up to doing them in a weight vest. If you want to try, remember to put down mats first, because the fall is super-fast. I tried a 180 on the ball once and thought I’d broken my hand!”

Vital Statistics

  • Discipline: Freeride skiing  
  • Age: 26  
  • Height: 1.74m  
  • Weight: 74kg  
  • Achievements: Appeared in freeski film Legs Of Steel: Passenger; winner, Freeride Festival 2012; winner, Grandvalira Total Fight 2009; second, Red Bull PlayStreets, Bad Gastein, 2009
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KILOMETRES PER HOUR WHILE FREERIDING

“Sometimes, freeriding gets so steep that you’re literally flying down; it definitely feels 100kph fast. I think you’re actually limited by the air drag on your clothes, because you’re not dressed like a downhill racer. Sometimes it’s so fast and smooth that time actually stands still.”

Shots from the film Legs of Steel: Passenger

© youtube // Tobi Tritscher

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WORKOUTS a WEEK during THE SUMMER 

“You won’t get strong enough just from skiing, so when I’m training hard in the summer, I’ll go to the gym four times a week – it gets a bit addictive! During the winter, I’ll ski almost every day. But I need to keep building my strength when there’s no snow, so I can hike and ride the backcountry.”

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PER CENT OF LOWER BODY WORKOUTS DONE ON ONE LEG

“In skiing, it’s really important to have good single-leg strength, so I do a lot of one-legged lifts and core exercises like single-leg deadlifts. I felt the benefit when I was riding one of the spines in Alaska and all this sluff [powdery snow] fell around me. I thought, ‘I have to get out of here.’ I pointed my skis out, but one of them popped off. The one-legged exercises really paid off. ButI got such a big muscle tear in my groin that it took 10 days before I was able to ski again.”

Tobi Tritscher’s GoPro video of his Dirty Needle Line in Alaska

© youtube // GoPro

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FLYING DAYS DURING six WEEKS IN ALASKA

“I rode in Alaska for the first time recently, while filming Legs Of Steel: Passenger as an adidas Sport eyewear athlete. You go from zero – hanging in your room, going fishing, playing pool, getting bored – to waking at 4am and boarding the heli at 5:30am; 20 minutes later, you’re on top of the craziest line you’ve ever seen and you just have to do it. It’s 600m of vertical drop in under a minute. At the top, you’re like, ‘What am I doing up here?’ Then you drop in and you’re totally in the moment. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

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