Come spring after a season of racing, or during the mid-summer grind of training, starting the same old training plan or workouts can become a bit monotonous year after year.
Fortunately, Central Cross Country Ski Association has just the program that shares all of its training tips, tricks and secrets by providing training plans for all types of skiers. Now, for the ninth consecutive year, CXC Academy is proving to be a valuable tool for athletes and coaches around the nation and even the world!
“After the CXC Team’s great results throughout the years, we were looking for ways to share our experiences and expertise with coaches and skiers. Many coaches started to invite us to visit their clubs, but with busy camp and race schedules, it was not possible. So CXC came up with the idea to create an online resource to share the latest information with coaches and athletes,” recalls Yuriy Gusev, CXC Executive Director.
CXC Academy was created with contributions from Bryan Fish, 2007 CXC Team head coach (Currently the U.S. Ski Team Development Coach), Yuriy Gusev, CXC Executive Director, and the CXC Team athletes. Resulting in training plans for novice, intermediate and expert skiers, along with videos created and organized into a web based library.
Currently, all CXC coaches and athletes continue to contribute content to CXC Academy as well as the program’s advisors such as Bryan Fish, Steve Myrland, Performance and Conditioning Coach and Jim Mullen, Rehabilitation Specialist.
“CXC Academy is a membership based program designed for anyone from entry level skiers, looking to become a more efficient skier, to citizen racers, to junior skiers hoping to qualify for Junior Nationals, as well as all levels of coaches and instructors,” said Gusev.
The program offers a variety of membership levels for skiers including a monthly subscription, an annual subscription, and a VIP membership which includes access to camps and race support.
A training year through CXC Academy is broken into four week periods starting each week on a Monday and concluding on Sunday. There are 13 training periods with 28 days in each period. Each month CXC publishes new training plans designed for each level. We suggest members plan to commit to at least four training sessions a week to ensure the training goals are met.
“In addition to training plans, CXC Academy offers monthly ski-specific strength workout videos and has an extensive video library with ski technique videos, training and recovery tips, equipment demonstrations and wax room videos, where members learn to prepare and maintain skis. There are new offerings in each category every month!” explains Gusev.
The newest CXC Academy membership enhancement is the Personal Coaching option. Through CXC’s Personal Coaching membership, skiers have access to monthly training evaluation and adjustment, e-mail communication with the assigned coach, weekly phone calls with the coach, a personalized training plan and logging workouts through Training Peaks software and much more!
Whether a skier is a beginner looking to finish their first 5k, a Master skier training for a big ski event, or simply looking to improve overall strength and fitness, CXC Academy has a training program to meet any goal!