How to Use the Cross-Country Ski Machine: The Nordic Trainer

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How to Use the Cross-Country Ski Machine: The Nordic Trainer

With the Nordic Trainer, an innovative cross-country ski machine, getting a full-body workout is as easy as heading to your nearest gym or home gym. A regular training session on this machine can give you the physical prowess of a Nordic skier without ever having to brave the cold or snowy weather. The best part is that Nordic Strong offers an incredible App that makes the process even simpler with instructor-led workout videos you can easily follow.

In this blog, we'll walk you through the basics of using the Nordic Trainer and how you can maximize your workouts with the Nordic Strong App.

Starting with the Nordic Trainer

The Nordic Trainer is a training machine designed to simulate the movements and intensity of cross-country skiing. It works by having poles mimicking the movement of cross country-skiing.  By adjusting the resistance levels, you can tailor your workouts to your fitness level and goals. Using the Nordic Trainer will allow you to increase your core strength significantly, which will help you on the ski tracks.

Choosing your poles

First, you should choose poles that fit your height. After that, watch our intro video on how to get started with the Nordic Trainer. After you’ve watched the video, simply get started with the Nordic Strong App. It is simple and easy to get started with.

Familiarize Yourself with the Cross-Country Ski Movement

Step onto the foot pads, grab the handles, and then practice the Double Poling movement. Double Poling is the hardest exercise to do on the Nordic Trainer, but once you master that everything will be easy to do! When you do Double Poling, make sure to keep your arms close to you body, tighten up your core and then hinge back at your hips. As you crunch forward, you hips hinge back and your arms follow the body down. Remember, the motion is similar to actual cross-country skiing, where the arms follow the body as your move forward. Take your time to get used to the machine and maintain a steady rhythm.

Begin Your Workout

Start slowly, gradually increasing your pace as you become more comfortable with the movements. Ensure your posture is correct - back straight, shoulders relaxed, and arms and legs moving smoothly.

Nordic Strong App: Your Digital Coach

The Nordic Strong App is an excellent tool that complements your Nordic Trainer workouts. It offers a wide variety of instructor-led workout videos, which you can easily follow at your own pace.

Download the App

The Nordic Strong App is currently available on iOS. Just search for it in on the App store and download it onto your device.

Choose Your Workout

Once you've installed the app, browse through the numerous workout videos available. The app provides workouts tailored to different skill levels, workout durations, and fitness goals, making it a versatile tool for any Nordic Trainer user.

Follow Along

The great thing about the Nordic Strong App is that each workout video is led by a professional instructor. They guide you through each movement, provide tips on maintaining proper form, and motivate you to push your limits. All you have to do is follow along.


The Nordic Trainer cross country ski machine is a fantastic tool for a full-body workout. Whether you're a seasoned gym-goer or a fitness newbie, it offers the chance to experience a unique and effective workout. And with the Nordic Strong App, you have access to a digital coach that guides you through your workouts and helps maximize your Nordic Trainer sessions. Start your Nordic skiing journey today, and embrace the strength and endurance of a true Nordic skier.