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Furthermore from Equinox: 20-Minute Workout: Ski/Snowboard Prep

This story originally appeared on Furthermore from Equinox, the official wellness partner of The Related Life

While you can carve a tantalizingly toned body in less than a half hour, we’re here to tell you what you already know: To reap the rewards—increased calorie burn, strength, power, blissful endorphin high—truncated workouts must be insanely intense. So we asked a team of Equinox trainers and group fitness instructors what they would do if they were given just 20 minutes to have at it. Here is the latest in the series:

The Pro: Ross Twanmoh, a New York City-based Equinox group fitness instructor and certified trainer (and an avid snowboarder)

The Workout: It’s not too late to head to the slopes. Check out these heli-skiing trips and how to spend 48 hours in Mont Tremblant for inspiration. But while buying the hottest gear and booking the right resort are important, there are other ways you should prepare for a ski or snowboard trip as well. “A ride down the slopes cannot be replicated in the gym, but loaded movement training is important to help ready the body for a terrain that is unpredictable and physically demanding,” says Twanmoh.

It all starts with a core-strengthening forearm plank: “Skiing and snowboarding require you to maintain a stable center over a base of support that is constantly adjusting and shifting,” says Twanmoh. “A strong control of the core translates to a stronger mountain-goer.” But the most challenging moves in the routine—the active straight leg raise and lateral leg rotations—are actually borrowed from Pilates. “Pilates is something everyone should incorporate into their routine, period,” says Twanmoh, who cites the discipline's ability to tax the midsection from every angle.

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