Andrea Binning is one of the top female skiers in the world, winning the World Extreme Skiing Champion in Alaska in 2000 and the World Tour Free-skiing Finals in 2003. Despite all the accolades, Andrea remains refreshingly down-to-earth. She shares her fitness regime, advice for keeping motivated and admits her secret weakness for sweets.
Where did your passion for skiing come from?
“I started skiing when I was four-years old; my parents were keen skiers so am sure a lot of their passion for skiing was passed onto me.”
How does it sculpt your body?
“I do a lot of pre-season training, which involves many hours on the bike building up my cardio. I also do a lot of core strength training and squats and balance training.”
What is your weekly exercise regime like?
“My weekly exercise regime in the off-season involves about 12 hours on the bike which is split between easy sessions and harder power endurance sessions. I also do three sessions of gym training, which involves a combination of squats, core strength and balance work.”
How do you stay motivated to train and exercise?
“Red Bull has a training centre in Austria and they put together my training program for me. They also do fitness testing which keeps me motivated. My husband is also a professional skier so we do a lot of training together which helps with the motivation.”
What’s in your “gym” bag?
“Water, Red Bull, heart rate monitor, power bars, Roxy training clothing and towel.”
Favourite workout song?
“Ramble On, Led Zeppelin.”
What is a normal day’s eating plan like for you?
“Fruit and muesli in the morning, pasta at lunch and a cooked meal in the evening.”
What is your biggest indulgence?
“Ice cream and chocolate.”
How do you look after your skin?
“As I am a skier my biggest problem is keeping my skin out of the sun as you have so much reflection from the snow. I always wear a lot of sun-block and re-apply all the time when I am out in the mountains, especially when I am hiking in the mountains.”
How do you look after your hair?
“Good quality shampoo and conditioner.”
Where do you love to shop?
“I’m not a big fan of shopping.”
What is the last thing you bought?
“A new bra.”
What is the toughest challenge you have had to face?
“Coming back to skiing after being in an avalanche.”
What has been your proudest career moment so far?
“The ski expedition that I just did in Antarctica.”
How do you relax and chill out?
“Reading books and listening to music.”
Who do you look up to?
“My husband Stian Hagen, I love his style on skis.”
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
“Focus on one thing at a time.”
Where will we see you in five years’ time?
“Living in the mountains in Chamonix as my life is so much about the mountains that I don’t think we could ever move away. I see myself staying involved in the ski industry in the future and hopefully have some children.”
What are you looking forward to at the moment?
“Some warmer weather as I just came out of a very cold and long winter!”
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