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10-27-2012 08:50 PM
lonerider
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Originally Posted by chomps1211 View Post
Thanks for all the feedback. I appreciate it.


This season I'd like to try and get comfortable (...or even just marginally successful!) at sticking a landing & riding out after getting any sort of "Air"! Thought some more intensive balance training couldn't hurt my chances of making that happen!
I found the double bosu jump gives you immediate feedback on when you are off balance (as DonutZ said, this training is no idiot-proof and you can injury yourself if you aren't smart about your difficulty progression).

Start out just bouncing a little without leaving the ground... then practice hoping on and off the double bosu setup from the ground (again you will get immediate feedback on whether you were off-balance on the takeoff or landing).

I've built my own balance board using a 2'x2' piece of wood, and a circular piece of particle board (cut the circle and half and attach the two half-circles to the bottom of the board with screws/glue... using a 2"x2" stick between the two circles to support it).
10-27-2012 08:18 PM
RockyMTNsteeze ^^^^^

don't forget to wrap duct tape around it. This makes the bottle more grabby and keeps it from bursting open.
10-27-2012 08:10 PM
wrathfuldeity For a cheap balance board, a 1 or 2 liter soda bottle filled with water and an old skate board deck with out the trucks...do it on a cement/wood floor it will be fast or start out on a carpet and it will be slower. For jump squats throw in back/front side 180's. After you get your balance and leg strength...at least for me, core strength...or the lack there of....real put the limit my riding...for a couple of winters I tore ab muscles and could barely ride for a month each winter.
10-27-2012 05:50 PM
lonerider
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Originally Posted by Donutz View Post
Honestly, I have that video (have the sub) and I really didn't like the jumping on the bosu balls. Looked to me like a recipe for a sprained ankle
That's what I thought too... especially since i personally used to be super prone to rolling my ankles(they are so loose when my feet dangle in the air my feet and rotated over 45 degrees inward so the side of my foot is closest to the ground). However I tried it (just the straight airs at first, then air with grab, then 180 on to the floor, then 180 staying on the bosus) and after two weeks I've moved up to 360s and I say that if you are realistic in your abilities (i tried a 540 and fell on my ass) and very gradually increase the difficulty that double bosu works really well (I'm 33 years old with multiple ankle, ACL and MCL tears on both knees in the past so I am pretty careful about not re-injuring myself)
10-27-2012 05:46 PM
RagJuice Crew Saw this from Mitch Tölderer and Bibi Tölderer-Pekarek (Jones riders), worth checking out:
10-27-2012 05:36 PM
Lamps
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Originally Posted by chomps1211 View Post
Thanks for all the feedback. I appreciate it.

I wasn't aware that you could "Train" for Balance. (…I guess I sorta figured you either had "it" or you didn't.) It's good to know it appears I was mistaken about that! (..To be completely honest, I'm actually amazed that I am getting as good as I am, progressing like I am snowboarding!) I have never been what you would call a "natural athlete"!

This sport is the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on!!!!
The good news is that you can train for balance, the bad news is that as you age your balance deteriorates so us older dudes need to train just to stay even....
10-27-2012 05:28 PM
chomps1211 Thanks for all the feedback. I appreciate it.

I started thinking about this balance training because last summer, I got really good at "Track Stands" on my MTB. (…balancing on the bike without dabbing.) Now, whenever I have to stop on the trail or take a ride on the road, I don't have to put my feet down to scope the trail or wait out traffic at a stop light, whatever. Just balance on two wheels till I can continue on. (...my record is about 4-5 minutes at a really looong light!)

Well after that, at the start of last season's riding. I noticed on my first day out, that I seemed to be a LOT less awkward on the board! I was amazed because I was riding better after the whole summer off than I was at the end of my first few months of riding.

I wasn't aware that you could "Train" for Balance. (…I guess I sorta figured you either had "it" or you didn't.) It's good to know it appears I was mistaken about that! (..To be completely honest, I'm actually amazed that I am getting as good as I am, progressing like I am snowboarding!) I have never been what you would call a "natural athlete"!

This season I'd like to try and get comfortable (...or even just marginally successful!) at sticking a landing & riding out after getting any sort of "Air"! Thought some more intensive balance training couldn't hurt my chances of making that happen!

This sport is the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on!!!!
10-27-2012 03:29 PM
mjd Vew Do balance boards. Super fun!
10-27-2012 03:13 PM
DrnknZag
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post
Yoga works on balance, as well as strength and flexibility.

If you don't have much time or exercise equipment available, then one simple exercise is to see how long you can stand on one leg. Make a game of it and see if you can beat your PRs.
Yoga for sure. Balance comes from the core, so work them abs.
10-27-2012 02:53 PM
RockyMTNsteeze I use to have a homemade balance board not to long ago. My beefcake room mate broke the crappy board in half.

Another person suggested a skate deck and a PVC pipe. I have never tried that. My balance board was a skate deck and a big bottle of coke filled with water with duct tape tightly wrapped around it. It worked awesome and was fun. Make sure nothing breakable is around when you use one. Put the bong away.

This fall I have been skate boarding more in preparation for snowboarding. Riding a bicycle is good too. Bicycles are low impact and good for your knees. I am one of those seasoned snowboarders that have good knees, it may be because I ride bicycles a lot. I think skateboarding was very effective. I have been snowboarding and I am not getting sore legs.
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