I give up. I quit. (HITTING THE WALL) (BUFF DUDES
TRAIN FOR SKI CROSS) Based on the weather
in Calgary so far, I’d say if you want to be a
gold medallist in ski cross, this is about the perfect time
to do it. Yeah. Brady Leman definitely
picked the right spot. I can kind of feel hypothermia
kicking in already. So do you want to head in? Sounds good.
I can’t feel my face. (CALGARY, ALBERTA
CANADA) My name is Brady Leman.
I’m from Canada. I was a gold medallist in
ski cross at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The moment I knew I won gold,
I was feeling just so happy and proud and surprised. Hitting the wall to me would
mean hitting that mental wall with training, whether it’s
on the hill or in the gym. Ski cross is a really time
consuming thing to train for. – Brady?
– Hey. – How you doing? Brandon.
– Good. Brady. – Nice to meet you.
– Brady, Hudson. – Nice to meet you, Hudson. So what got you into the sport? I grew up raised in Alpine. My family was
totally a ski family. When ski cross got
to the Olympics, it seemed like the perfect fit. Ski cross is a really reactive
and really adaptive sport. No two runs are the same
and it’s really hard to plan a perfect race. I think all of that plays to
your reactiveness on skis. When you’re putting your body
through this much training, how do you recover? Just spend time outside as
much as I can in the summer, playing golf or
you have some yoga or just going out and
chilling out in the mountains. Are we ready to try
your schedule, your routine? – Yeah, let’s go.
– I’m pretty excited. Yeah. – All right.
– Right on. Welcome to the gym, guys. Thank you.
Is this your second home? This facility? Yeah, I spend
lots of time here. We’re going to run
through a little bit of linear mobility stuff. Keep that head position. So you want to pull on just
a little string from kind of the back your head. So your head is up and
tall and then your chin’s tucked under a little bit. Yeah, a lot harder
than it looks. How much do you feel like
this type of warm-up, mobility stuff, helps? Oh, it’s huge. It’s big for your mobility
and posture and everything, and then it’s also huge for
injury prevention in the gym. Yeah. You need to really
take the time to run your body through a
good warm-up, especially if you’re going to be doing
kind of maximal effort stuff. There. (SKI CROSS TRAINING) In ski cross, we get into
a lot of weird positions on the ski hill.
You’re in your tuck a lot, you’re making big
presses off the jumps, so being able to get into
some uncomfortable positions is super-important, so instead
of going over hurdles, we’re going to go
underneath them. So the big part of
this is just trying to get that nice, wide step
and slide it through. This is tough. The wider you can
make that first step, the easier it’s going to be. Oh, damn. Can these be electric? I know. They do. They do. They need to be, like,
cattle fences. Feel the hips opening up a bit? Oh, very much, very much so.
Yeah. A lot of it, too,
is knowing where your body is at,
where the hurdle’s at, trying to sense it. Nice work. Nice work. Yeah, thanks. With training today, the focus
would be balance under fatigue. We do different stuff
to make yourself tired and then try to activate
the balance side of things, so we’ll start off on
the eccentric trainer. But the key here
is to try and let your lower body do the work
and keep your upper body quiet. And if you feel
good there, then you get down into a tuck position. So I’ll stay on
here for a minute, but really just try to
stay as low as possible and aerodynamic, and letting
your legs come to you and trying to be
soft with your feet. Kind of the same idea like if
someone was balancing something on your back.
It’s not going anywhere. And once you’re nice
and tired from that, you go and try and
get on the slack line. I’ll use this guy for a
little bit of support. Now that your legs
are nice and tired, try to get everything
back in focus. Try to keep your eyes a
couple meters ahead of where you’re going. Just try to relax
as much as you can on there. It’s going to give you a
little bit of a countdown here and once it’s kind of up
to speed, try and find that ski position, that upper body and the hips
nice and level, and just let the legs work. I’m not imagining
skiing right now, Brady. I’m just imagining surviving. Brady made that look
pretty damned graceful. And I know you said flow,
but quads, my quads at least, are already on fire. About a minute there,
so just hit stop. Oh, thank you, Brady. This is where they do the side
by side shot of you doing it, and then us doing it. – Yeah.
– That’s going to look awkward. Oh, yes. All right. You ready for this? Am I ready? This… Wow. Oh, my God. The closer you
get to the middle, – the harder it’s going to get.
– Oh, what?! There you go.
Just try to relax. All right. Yeah, just relax. All right. Looked fine.
You ready? Yeah, I think so. Let’s do it. Yeah, there you go. Nice. This is kind of like
an active wall sit. You’re halfway there. Wait, that’s it? Oh, my God. I’m dying! Oh, I couldn’t do it. I was going to faceplant
there. Wow. You made it look so easy. Yeah, so now you’re
feeling nice and fresh. Oh, yeah. – The shakes!
– Yeah, I know. – The shakes!
– Gates are kicking in. Keep ’em tight. Oh, no! I quit. That was too close for comfort. Yeah. That’s a little taste
of ski cross training. So what’s next? Next, I think we’re going
to hit the force plates. That sounds kind of cool. I’m kind of looking
forward to that one. – Maybe I shouldn’t be, but…
– Yeah! Nah, it’ll be all right.
You’ll make it. Ski cross is part
of freestyle skiing. And it’s different from
other alpine events because there are multiple
skiers racing at one time. It was first included in
the 2010 Winter Olympics. Each course consists
of terrain elements like trees, banks, and jumps. The skiers have to navigate the
courses in the fastest time while hitting all
of these elements. (HITTING THE WALL) (CANADA) All right, guys. This is the final challenge –
the Hitting the Wall medal. Oh, yeah. So we’re going to do force
plates challenge. This is Mike. He can tell you a
little more about it. Well, welcome to our strength
and power laboratory. So what we’re going
to do with you guys today is just a
vertical jump test – on the force plates here.
– It’s building anticipation. You’re going to
jump on my command. Jump as high as you can.
Do five jumps. Jump. Jump. Jump. Jump. Jump. Buff dudes smash. – Ready?
– Yup. Jump. Jump. Jump. Jump. Jump. All right, Brady,
you’ve seen us both. What do you think? I don’t know.
Tough to tell. We’ll have to see what
the force plates say. This is actually something I
do twice a week in my training when I’m here in the summer. It lets us see how the
training load is affecting my power output. So then hopefully we see, as the summer’s training season
kind of rolls on, a little bit of a progression
in the numbers, and start to really see
the gains as it translates into something
super-functional, like a vertical jump. I don’t know if we’ll be as
impressed by our own numbers, but OK. You guys ready to find out
who’s taking home – the Hitting the Wall medal? – That’s right.
– Oh, yeah. – We’re ready.
– Drum roll. All right, the winner of
the force plate challenge is… ..Brandon. Yeah! Buff dude, number one.
I win it. Yes, thank you.
Thank you so much. – Congratulations.
– I appreciate it. Now that I have you
here, Mike, I just… I want you to explain how
awesome I am – through technology.
– Oh, happy to do it. So if you see here,
and as I promised we wanted to look at the peak
power that you could produce, and you had a 58 watts per
kilogram and Hudson had 54, so it’s still rather close, but that’s why we
do the science. That’s why we do
the science, right? We were able to tell that
you jumped higher, as well. You got some pretty
good bragging rights – for the next one, man.
– Yeah. Hudson and Brandon were
awesome. It was cool to get those
dudes into some uncomfortable situations and definitely try
to push some things that I know that they hadn’t done before. It was cool to see them
having a good time with it. I wasn’t really
knowing what to expect, but once we started
going to the training, it was pretty
evident that it was going to be a lot of
core stabilisation, a lot of mobility,
and it’s a lot harder than it looks and sounds. I’m just glad he didn’t
take on the slopes! He probably took one glance
at us and thought, yeah, I’m probably going to be keeping these guys in the gym
today. Next time on
Hitting The Wall… We’re meeting Lutalo,
a Taekwondo Olympian. – Can we keep up?
– Guess we’ll find out. (HITTING THE WALL) (OLYMPIC CHANNEL
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