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My favorite features at CXC Academy

Fri, Sep  19, 2008 - By Kristina Owen

The CXC Academy is not a new private boarding school.  Yes, it confused me too.  Moving on.

Actually, it’s an online education portal.  It’s geared toward everyone from junior and masters skiers wanting some inspiration and a few drills, to college and club coaches wanting to brush up on training physiology theories.  On it, you’ll find interviews, drill demonstrations, sample training plans, strength routines, and more.  If you’ve got a question about training for Nordic skiing, it’s the place to find the answers.

I’m not going to tell you about everything you’ll find on the site.  It would take too long, and ruin the trill of discovery you’ll feel when you find it yourself.  Instead, I’ll mention a few of my favorite features that you want to be sure not to miss.

The most notable, I think, are the sample training plans.  Even if this was the only feature you utilized, it would be worth it. The plans are written by Bryan Fish, the CXC Elite Team coach, and USSA’s 2007 Development & Domestic Coach of the Year.  He puts the same care and detail into the plans on the Academy as he does into the ones for his athletes, so you know they’re good.  There are complete plans for 250, 400, and 550 training hours a year.  You can use one of these samples, or use the site to learn more about how to customize a plan to your specific needs.  Either way, its information you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.

My other favorite features are the sections on strength training.  I get more questions about the CXC Elite team’s strength plan than any other facet of our training.  And it’s a very hard question to answer, because it depends on what period we’re in.  I like these sections so much because now I finally have a place to direct all those questioners, with much better answers than I can provide.  For example: my strength needs are fairly specific.  I’m little, ski with a fast tempo, but tend to put on muscle fast, so I need to avoid getting too heavy to move quickly.  I can tell you what I do, but I’m not really sure of the specifics of my other teammate’s plans.  I do know that they’re quite different; the boys especially have much different needs.  Now with the CXC Academy, there’s a resource to learn about how to construct a plan that best suits you.  

Those are just my favorites.  There’s much, much more information on there, and I’m sure you’ll find a few gems of your own.  And if you’ve got a question that’s not answered?  Write in and ask, the best question every month even wins a merchandise prize from one of the sponsors.  Speaking of prizes, if you do sign up, make sure to enter the last name of one of the CXC Elite Team members in the promotion code box.  Say, Owen, perhaps?  You’ll get entered in a drawing for a new pair of Rudy Project sunglasses.

So learn, train smart, and I’ll see you on the trails this winter.  It’s going to be a great one, I can tell already!