Now Enrolling – CXC Jr. Development Program

Middle and high school is an important time to establish proper technique, effective training habits and to get exposure at local and national ski competitions.

The CXC Junior Development Program is designed to add additional training and race support for athletes ages 15 to 18 years old who are involved in a local club program and are looking for extra coaching to back their skiing goals.

The CXC Junior Development Program offers a customizable and interactive annual training plan supplemented with:

  • seasonal sports
  • fitness testing and screening
  • training camps throughout the summer and winter
  • race support at the Midwest Junior National Qualifiers

The vision of the program is to promote an environment for motivated junior cross country skiers to succeed at reaching their performance goals. Athletes will progress through the competitive skiing pipeline with support from a full time CXC coach.

The typical training year beings May 1, however athletes can sign-up for the CXC Junior Development Program anytime throughout the year to coordinate an annual training plan.

Training as a member of the CXC Jr. Development Program means that one has expectations and goals to ski at a high level in the junior race circuit with goals that extend beyond high school skiing. In order to ski for an NCAA college in the United States, it is critical to have Junior National experience and to display professional training practices.

As such, program members are focused, goal-oriented and have the ability to communicate well with coaches.


Program support includes:

  • Customized training plan
  • Support at Midwest JNQs
  • Seasonal training camps
  • Fitness testing
  • Goal-mapping sessions
  • Gear management and selection

* There are four different levels of CXC Junior Development programming. Stipends and discounts for camps are available on individual basis. Please contact the coach for more details to see if you qualify for reduced rates.

 

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Available Now – (B)STRONG Strength Training System

Blood Flow Restriction Training

The (B)STRONG Strength Training System uses wraps placed around arms and/or legs to manipulate the body’s circulatory system in combination with light-weight exercise to achieve training results similar to high intensity strength training.

As a training method, it is beneficial in producing muscular adaptations with lower loads and lower volumes than comparable resistance training.

(B)STRONG Co-Founder Dr. James Stray-Gundersen is a world-renowned physiologist and physician sought for his expertise in maximizing athletic performance, nutrition, fitness and wellness, and Blood Flow Restriction and altitude training. He is the co-author of the award-winning altitude study “Live High/Train Low,” which has proven to be the foundation of new paradigms in athletic training and is recognized by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) for its influence on human performance.


With your purchase, you will get:

  • 2 belts, arms OR legs
  • 1 hand pump
  • carrying case
  • sport specific exercise videos
  • 1 personal license* for the guidance app

* (B)STRONG guidance app comes with video instructions and follow along tutorials that will teach you the basics of (B)STRONG training. The app will also customize your pressure recommendations and walk you through basic exercises.

PURCHASE (B)STRONG

 

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In the Small Town of Cheboygan…

John Gravlin, an avid skier from Michigan, has taken the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to a new level.

John begins his elementary school lessons by introducing Nordic balance and movement skis indoors; during the second session, John heads outdoors, where students enjoy a true Nordic experience:

  • sliding, gliding, and playing on skis with the classmates and teachers

Over 150 Cheboygan Elementary students have tried skiing for the first time this winter. Thank you everyone who gave time to the Nordic Rocks program!

Hazel Fischer Elementary School, Arnold (CA)

Lowell Elementary School, Waukesha (WI)

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program is a three-way partnership between selected schools, community organizations, and Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC).

Special thanks go to the National Winter Sports Education Foundation for its support of this program!


With questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks” for Schools program, please contact Bruce Manske

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Nordic Rocks – The Original Idea

Getting Kids Outside

The original idea for the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, was developed by the late John Hugus, an avid cross country skier and the founder of the Knicker Nordic Ski Club in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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His goal was to introduce a new generation of children, Kindergarten through 6th grade, to the excitement found in the sport of cross country skiing.

By providing elementary and middle school students an opportunity to experience Nordic skiing during the school day, with their teachers and classmates, they will quickly learn health and lifestyle benefits associated with exercise and outdoor winter fun.

– John Hugus

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program is a three-way partnership between selected schools, community organizations, and Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC).

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The partnership creates an opportunity to teach skiing during the school day: physical education class, recess, and after-school programs.

Students are able to ski right behind their school on any surface covered with a minimum of two inches of snow. 

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During the inaugural season (2013-2014), the National Winter Sports Education Foundation awarded CXC a grant to initiate the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program in 15 schools throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. During the second season of programming, the National Winter Sports Education Foundation awarded another grant to further expand the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program throughout the Midwest.

Other organizations have pledged their support for future expansions of the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, including the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Sawyer County Outdoor Programs and Education, Madison Area Sports Commission, and the Aspirus Health Foundation, along with many community ski clubs and school programs.


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Now, in its fourth seasons, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program has made an impact on thousands of new skiers, and has enrolled over 125 schools across the country from California to Vermont.

Besides skiing, these programs aim to connect students with history and science, by teaching them about Midwestern Scandinavian heritage and sports.

bruce-manskeWith questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks for Schools” program, please contact Bruce Manske.

Nordic Rocks in Schools Across the Country

Over 5,000 Midwest elementary aged children have recently tried skiing for the first time as part of their physical education classes this winter. 

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Thanks to the generous support of the National Winter Sports Education Foundation and the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program continues to grow at a steady rate, including 95 schools in the Midwest, and over 40 schools across the country.

In four short seasons, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, along with the Knicker Nordic Ski Bumps program in Wausau, (WI) have made an impact on thousands of new skiers.

Your program is reaching 120 kids in a community that has an abundance of trails but a scarcity of use. When asked: 119 of these 120 kids had never been on cross-country skis. That all changes with Nordic Rocks. Outside next week!

– John Gravlin, The Top of Michigan Trails Council

There are over 3,500 elementary schools across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan with an interest in teaching children the joy of winter sports.


With questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks for Schools” program, please contact Bruce Manske.

Third Weekend of CXC Youth Cup

The past weekend featured the fourth and fifth races on the CXC Youth Cup series at the new Birkie Start Trailhead. Although the crazy winter weather continues, the venue and the course made for an exciting weekend of racing for over 100 young skiers in the U10, U12, and U14 age categories.

Racing began with the Classic Individual Start event on Saturday afternoon; skiers raced a two-lap race, which created excitement for the spectators, as skiers lapped through the stadium area out the American Birkebeiner Trail. Sunday’s race was a Mass Start Freestyle event along the same course.
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“Both events were fun and exciting for both spectators and participants. An award ceremony was held on Sundayafternoon under the torch of the American Birkebeiner to honor all participants. The Nordic smiles of these young skiers and their families were priceless.” – Said CXC CODP director Bruce Manske

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CXC Youth Cup racing continues this coming weekend in Duluth (MN). We hope to see you at Marshall School trails! 


Additional updates will be posted here athttp://www.duluthxc.com/hilltop-invite-jnq

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Nichole Bathe of CXC Named to U23 Worlds Team

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships, Soldier Hollow (UT).

Women’s team member Nichole Bathe (Fitchburg, WI) of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and CXC Team is on the 2016 U23 Team Roster.

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Nichole Bathe sprinting to 3rd place at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Bert Boyer/http://bertboyer.zenfolio.com/)

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