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Federica Brignone: passion, energy and love for sport

Technogym has always supported world champions in a wide range of sports, including Federica Brignone, Italian alpine skier and historic bronze medallist at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, who arrives at Technogym Village with her usual dazzling smile. She tells us how she spent her summer relaxing and surfing, one of her greatest passions, while she was resting from her workouts, which she has been recovering for a few months.

WHEN I WAS A CHILD I STARTED WITH ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS AND THEN I ALSO DID FIGURE SKATING, ATHLETICS, CLIMBING, GOLF AND TENNIS. IN ADDITION TO SKIING, WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVOURITE SPORT. I'M NOT JUST A SPORTS ENTHUSIAST BUT I ALSO LIKE TO WATCH TV, KEEP UP TO DATE ON RESULTS AND MEET THE BEST ATHLETES.

Federica Brignone's training

Training for her as for every ski champion is a fundamental part of her routine: when faced with the Kinesis Personal she instantly knows how to use the equipment in order to get the best results. She shows us the exercises that he usually inserts in his training and explains that she likes to use it in particular to recreate the movement of the arms with the chopsticks during the descents in the snow.
Kinesis Personal is an excellent training solution for athletes as it allows you to perform the technical movements present in various disciplines (skiing, tennis, golf, swimming, football, etc..) Also in sports where there are explosive movements, allowing you to perceive a load throughout the arc of movement of the gesture, thus allowing you to refine the technique of movement. It is a very effective solution that could then be included in various specific sports training programs. Exceptional in this regard, the use of these techniques as a preparation training for the winter ski season, in order to strengthen the body by giving it stimuli related to stabilisation.
The tour continues and from taking a few photos for Federica it becomes improvised training, she can’t stand still for a minute. Staring with SKILLROW, the first indoor rowing machine that is fully connected and allows athletes to perform both cardio and power training. She moves onto SKILLBIKE, the bike with a real gear change that allows you to experience the excitement and challenge of outdoor cycling and finally SKILLRUN, the treadmill designed to satisfy the most demanding athletes and fitness enthusiasts, which Federica is really curious and enthusiastic about trying. But it's at the sight of barbells and kettlebell (or as she calls them ketty) that her eyes light up and she tells us that in her circuit training she uses them a lot.

Federica's liquid trajectories

Passionate about sport and a great lover of nature, in particular water: precisely because of this strong connection, since 2017 she has been involved in Traiettorie Liquide, an environmental sustainability project that aims to raise public awareness of marine pollution. It all began with a meeting between Federica and photographer Giuseppe La Spada, who has been pursuing an artistic journey dedicated to water for years. Federica tells us about her experience, the shooting for the project and when in 2017 she immersed herself in the splendid blue waters of Lipari with skis, boots and a helmet.
The following year she immersed herself but this time in a pool surrounded by plastic as if to simulate the situation of marine flora and fauna in the waters of the Earth increasingly invaded by plastic.

IT WAS INCREDIBLE BUT WITH THE HELMET ON MY HEAD I LITERALLY WENT DOWN. LUCKILY THERE WAS AN EXPERIENCED TEAM TO ASSIST ME.

Something about Federica Brignone
Leading athlete of the Italian alpine ski team together with Sofia Goggia, daughter of Maria Rosa Quario and Daniele Brignone won the historic bronze medal in Giant Slalom at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang that Italy had been waiting for twenty years. Silver medal in giant at the World Championships, 26 podiums and 9 World Cup victories. Third most successful Italian ever in the World Cup and first Italian skier in history to win in three different disciplines in the same season 2017/2018.

How to train for skiing

In downhill skiing the technical component is very important and affects the physical effort. Optimum control of the technique is based on strength in the muscles of the lower limbs and great neuromuscular coordination. The athletic gesture common to all the specialties of skiing is the curve, made repeatedly during the descent and which involves the involvement of all muscle groups. The execution of the curve is composed of two movements: the flexion-extension of the lower limbs and the twisting of the trunk with the involvement of hip and knee. Strength, flexibility and mobility are fundamental in skiing, and are achieved through constant, good training, which is essential for preventing injuries.
To achieve results in downhill skiing, the focus should be on the lower body and the core muscles (abdominal and lumbar). Basic exercises such as squats and some one-sided exercises are a must. In addition, strengthening the strength and stability of the trunk is an essential component for good ski performance.

Cardiovascular work involving the lower limbs and trunk is useful because it simulates the stresses on the snow, i.e. alternating thrusts of the lower limbs and the ability to absorb irregularities in the ground. As far as the training of the strength of the other lower limbs is concerned, the horizontal Leg Press is certainly the ideal tool as it involves the main muscles used on the slopes.

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