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Old 01-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,
I have started to work out in preparation for soccer in the summer. I also want to work on stuff that would help me with snowboarding. As I am going ti HCSC this summer. Do you guys work out for snowboarding? What kind of work outs do you do?
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have been doing lots of core and leg work recently. Crunches, deadlifts, squats, leg presses and calf raises. Should help out for powder days!
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Have been doing lots of core and leg work recently. Crunches, deadlifts, squats, leg presses and calf raises. Should help out for powder days!
ok i will specifically work on that. Thanks
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All that is great but remember everything is tied to the core. So do tons of core work also and you will be set. In general a well rounded workout is what you are looking for like from Mountain Athlete.
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I run stairs. Just so happens that my work has lots of stairs so I get a good workout at work. I also lift weights. Power lift mostly. Lots of reps with less weight. I don't think it helps as much as the stairs but I am also a bigger guy.
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I got a free lesson with a personal trainer at this gym I used to be a member of and I had him give me a workout routine that would help get me in shape for snowboarding season and it has done wonders for me getting ready for the season.

I use an indo board and do 3 sets of 15 squats while balancing on the indo board with 15lb weights in each hand. Not only does that stregthen by legs, but it helps a lot with my balance and working the smaller muscles and core.

You can also squat against a wall with your legs at right angles and stay in that position for several minutes at a time and do a few sets of that, that will help your legs gain endurance for being in your snowboard stance all day. (note: if you're not bending your knees through your turns then you're doing it wrong) You can start with three sets, 1 minute long each and increase your time from there

Then I do one legged squats where you stand, for example, with your right leg on a step or ledge about 8-14" higher while the left leg hangs over the edge. You have 10-15lb weights in both hands and you squat down with the right leg until your left heel touches the ground below and then raise back up. 3 sets of 10-15 reps each leg

Next I do calf raises with my heels hanging off the ledge with weights in my hands doing one calf at a time or both together. 3 sets of 15-20 reps each leg.

Pushups help with your upper body strength including your core too. Just think about the number of times you push yourself up from the kneeling or sitting position throughout the day while snowboarding. 3 sets of 6-8 to start and then build up from there.

To strengthen my core, the personal trainer showed me a bunch of different plank exercises to strengthen my core that killed me, but ultimatley strengthened me way more than situps or crunches could ever do. You can look up a bunch of these online since they're kind of hard to describe.

Starting these at least 4-6 weeks before going snowboarding will put your body and legs in amazing shape for all day riding. My favorite of these was the indo board squats, they're fun and they really do help with your balance more than anything else I've tried.
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My favorite of these was the indo board squats, they're fun and they really do help with your balance more than anything else I've tried.
Will give these a go. Cheers
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There are a lot of good leg routines you can do with a TRX suspension trainer, plus its very easy to get a resistance and cardio workout at the same time with active rests.
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I do martial arts on a heavy bag. Meaning punching and kicking the ish out of the bag. Great cardio and total body strengthening including your core.

And therein lies the most important part of your body to work out... the core. Your core is crucial for better balance and overall strength. I didn't realize how important it was to my riding until I worked on it all summer in prep for winter.

Last season, I was almost 30lb overweight and just plain out of breath from the stupidest activities. I bought a heavy bag and hit it up at least 3 times a week sometimes for 2 hour sessions.

My wife also bought this thing called the "Ab Wheel." I initially laughed it off until I tried it. Holy cow was it hard to do. I mean I could only roll out part-way about three times on my first try and the next day my abs felt shredded. I kept it up and now I can do over 20 a day without getting super soreness.

Fast-forward to this season of riding and I noticed a HUGE difference in my riding. I feel way more stable and am able to manipulate my board better. I also noticed that I'm able to power out of a lot of mistakes that just last season would have caused me to bite it.

Ab wheel... such a simple affordable tool to add to your routine.
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Will give these a go. Cheers
If you don't have an indo board, an upside down bosu ball works as well. I try to do 3 sets of 50 squats. Each squat I reach down and touch the bosu, kinda like you're doing different grabs. I got this from Seth Wescott's routine (he does 3 sets of 100 on a Swiss ball).

I mix this in-between days doing core or lifting. I think the best thing to do is incorporate balance into every exercise. For instance, I bench press while lying on a Swiss ball and do presses balancing on one leg. You can get creative.

For a beginner, this isn't a bad routine: Snowboard Workout | Pro Ride Snowboarding Camps, BC Canada
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