CXC Academy

Cross-Country Ski Training, Uncrunched.

CXC Academy


Skiers or ski coaches, new to advanced. CXC Academy can help you develop better ski technique, improve skiing fitness, and get ready for a big ski event.

TrainingPeaks Integrated Training Plans
Training Plans for Everyone

Easy-to-follow workouts and TrainingPeaks™ integration make CXC Academy more powerful than ever.
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Video Library

Featuring monthly ski-specific strength workout videos, on snow and roller ski technique videos, with new offerings published each month.

Our Coaches

The CXC Coaching Staff is certified, experienced, and ready to guide skiers of all ages and skill levels.
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CXC Academy is a project of Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC)
718 Post Road
Madison, WI 53713

“This program is great! Not just for skiing, but for life. My results have brought me to unexpected levels.”

DAVID KERR - Whitehorse, Canada

Our Coaches

The CXC Coaching Staff is certified, experienced, and ready to guide skiers of all ages and skill levels.

“The program taught me how to train correctly over the past year! Thanks for improving my skiing and getting me into much better shape.”

SAM KNAPP - Toivola, MI

"My wife and kids age 9-24 all nordic ski and your site is very helpful and motivating. The great videos and training information helped me have a fun and successful racing season."

WADE SMITH - Highlands Ranch, CO

“It’s been an awesome winter and your training plans have me feeling good for the Birkie.”

RYAN SPORTEL - Inver Grove Heights, MN

“I've been following your CXC training plan for the last 10 months and am really enjoying it. I'm definitely skiing faster.”

KRISTIN MADSEN - Winnipeg, Canada

“I like your "Performance Plan" and feel I am training smarter this year. Thanks very much your program!”


"We're a small team in a tough section, yet our results have steadily improved. Besides the results I feel that the training plan is very easy to follow and it stresses skiers the right amount and gives them the rest that they need."


“I'm really enjoying the training and for sure this is going to take me to the next level.”

CARY MARTIN - Salt Lake City, Utah

“Thanks to CXC and Training Peaks, I set 2 personal bests after 20 years of citizen race skiing.”


"Just wanted to give you guys a big shout out after a great ski season. I started XC skiing 4 years ago and I have loved every minute of it. After participating in a couple roller ski clinics with CXC, I decided to join CXC online and started the Peak Performance Program in November. I have no doubt that the training program you provided allowed me to reach and exceed my skiing goals - in particular to make the 1st Wave at the Birkie."

TODD BROWN - Groton , CT

"While some find weekly workout structure to be the reason to join CXC Academy, I find the videos of dryland strength and mobility to be outstanding.

I'll see you in the park doing funny walks. Thanks."

CHRIS MAGERL - Salt Lake City

"I manage a women's Nordic program that ranges from beginner to elite Birkie skiers and from the late 20's in age to almost 80 years old. I use the Academy information to get various training ideas, volume, intensities, strength information, etc. during dryland training in the fall as well as in the winter. Academy gives me a good ."

MUFFY RITZ, Two-Time American Birkebeiner Winner

Membership Plans

Sign up monthly or annually for full access to CXC Academy ’s training plans and video library.

Hands On

Get the latest in sport science testing at our Performance Lab, CXC Center Of Excellence, Madison (WI).

Expert Coaching

Now offering training services to the average skier, weekend warrior racer or someone who is chasing their dream to move up a wave in the Birkie.

CXC Academy Training Period #10 Release

We are now starting the early race season. We are focusing more on our intensity and maintaining our strength than we are building our base.

CXC Academy and TrainingPeaks™

Enabling smart and effective endurance training through training plan integration with TrainingPeaks™.
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Your Training January through February

CXC Academy Training Period #9 Release

January is when the racing season really starts to heat up. If you are looking to peak for a race, overload, rest, and race.
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Your Training December through January

CXC Academy Training Period #8 Release

The training continues to ramp up, - add more race pace workouts in an effort to make the final fitness push.
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Your Training November through December

CXC Academy Training Period #7 Release

Approaching the "shoulder season": it's important to be flexible with your training, adjust to the weather and make your training safe.

Your Training October through November

CXC Academy Training Period #6 Release

Now is the time in the training year when overall training volume should decrease, while training intensity increases.
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Your Training September through October

CXC Academy Training Period #5 Release

Make sure to allow yourself plenty of recovery time to maximize each training session, this takes planning.
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Your Training August through September

CXC Academy Training Period #4 Release

The training plan has a nice mix of distance, strength, L3/L4 intervals, speeds, and focuse more on muscle explosion and power.
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Your Training July through August

Your Training June through July

CXC Academy Training Period #3 Release

We are now switching over from our foundational base period to building on that foundation.
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Your Training May through June

CXC Academy Training Period #2 Release

We will work some ski specificity and intensity in, but just to work up to next month which will start a period of getting after it.
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CXC Academy Training Period #1 Release

Welcome to the 2019-2020 training year. In the cross country ski world, we like to start the year with the week that contains May 1.
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Before Starting a Training Program