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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Snowboarding Exercises - Balance, Coordination, etc

Hi all,

I'm in my off season at the moment and can fully feel my skill level fading. I go to the gym for the typical strength training and all of that stuff, but figured it would so much better if I could do some exercises to build up my coordination and balance. The only problem is that I can't think of much apart from maybe jumping on and off of a swiss ball or one legged squats or something.

Does anyone have any exercises or a program preferably for this kind of thing? It'd be awesome to start next season with that extra edge.
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Squats, lunges and your core (abs and lower back) will help heaps with keeping leg strength like you said. You could try doing yoga I guess, that's good for your core.
If you can kneel on a swiss ball and maintain your balance for more than 30 seconds your doing well. Otherwise you can get bungee ropes (i've forgotten what they're actually called) and tie them between two trees and balance on that.
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Oh true yoga. I've done it once and as much shit as it gets, it's a full on workout. That rope tied the trees sounds pretty good too. Will check em out. Cheers.
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Slacklining

I have done this a little its great for balance

check out the top dudes



pretty amazing

just to add that this shit looks easy, but just to stand and walk across the line is hard and you won't be able to at first, some of the dudes in the vid are pro and make it look easy as pros should do.

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Yeah dream pow that's what I was talking about! And yeah although I used to think yoga was for old ladies, after going once with my big sister after knocking it for so long, it's incredibly intense.
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Slacklining

I have done this a little its great for balance

check out the top dudes



pretty amazing

just to add that this shit looks easy, but just to stand and walk across the line is hard and you won't be able to at first, some of the dudes in the vid are pro and make it look easy as pros should do.
That is insane. I've watched a video of a guy walking across that stuff before but wow never had and clue there were some people with crazy balance like those guys/girls.

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Yeah dream pow that's what I was talking about! And yeah although I used to think yoga was for old ladies, after going once with my big sister after knocking it for so long, it's incredibly intense.
Same here but after getting the p90x workout for my bro I decided I'd be the first to try yoga. The workout is I think an hour and 45 mins and I barely lasted the first 45 mins. I thought I was pretty flexible and it shouldn't be that big of a deal but dang it was a hell of a workout made me sweat like crazy. I should really get back into it before the season starts up

When I went to the gym in the summer time I went a few times when yoga class was going on and the entire class was girls so if you wanted to you could sign up for a yoga class at a local gym or find videos on the internet and follow those.
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you could always work in a balance board into your routine aside from the normal conditioning workout (i.e. squats, planks, etc)
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Wall sits for 1 min.

Balancing on one foot hop over a line on the floor for 1 min on each foot. Do it side to side one set. Than front to back for a set.

Also weight exercises incorporating balance are good. For example when doing dumbel curls, balance on one foot for the entire set. Same goes for shoulder presses and about any dumbell exercise.

For 1 min on half a basketball court run the square. Starting in the corner sprint to midcourt, than side shuffle to the other sideline. Back peddle to the corner and side shuffle back to the starting corner.

squats with no weight on 1 foot. or 1 foot squat with curl at the top.
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I'm going to incorporate the one foot hopping into my workout, sounds like a great exercise!

I like to do some core exercises on a fitness ball as well as different types of plank exercises. The one thing I found to be the most beneficial is doing what's called "Horse Stance" in martial arts. I usually start doing it a month and a half before the season. Start off with what you're able to do whether it be only 30 secs and just gradually build up your time. When you can do it for 10 minutes at a time your leg strength will be greatly improved, as well as endurance. For me if I was only going to do one exercise for snowboarding, this would be it.

Helpful video to show you how:

How to Do Basic Kung Fu : The Horse Stance in Kung Fu - YouTube

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Couple of dirty hippies always set that shit up straight across the climbing gym blocking off a bunch of boulder problems and routes. Go do that crap somewhere else dirty hippies!

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