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Old 05-11-2010, 11:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I just can't see this being related to being in shape or not at all. I never do any exercise and smoke and drink as much as possible, I'm fine shredding all day and days in a row.

However, stance and technique can play a simply massive role in these things. I had the same problem as you when I first started, and I would hazard a guess your issue is the exact same. When I was on my first couple days all I knew was falling leaf and snow snowploughing. I would pick up speed and break hard on my heel side and then go the other way in switch and then snowplough again. Thats all I would do and it burns the crap out of that exact muscle you are talking about. The second I learned to link turns that pain was gone forever. I used turns to control speed instead of heel-side breaking.

If you aren't linking turns yet and this sounds like what your doing then I would say get a lesson, you sound like your in good shape, once you get your technique down you should be able to shred all day without a problem.
This exactly. I ride duck stance, so at first I'd go straight, then slow with heal turns. By the end of a few runs, my legs burned. I quickly learned my problem and haven't had it at all past 2 seasons. You need to use both heel and toe turns to slow. Just start using both turns and you should see a huge improvement.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I agree with switch riding. When my back leg gets tired, I go switch, let it recover, then go back to regular riding.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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wall sits every other day... I'm also 6'3 215 lbs and us bigger guys are not these lil weasles you mainly see on the mountain . We have more weight to shift and more pressure on our knees off those kickers...

Wall sits every other day should help do 3 sets of 2-3 minute wall sits... gives a good burn
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm thinking your problem is more with technique than anything. I noticed at the start of this season i was still working on transitioning from doing skidded turns and using my back foot as a rudder. The main thing that helped me out was starting to use the flex of the board to turn and trying as hard as i could to keep my body centered and not allow my back foot to wander. After i got the hang of it i had zero problems with the exact pain your describing. Just keep at it and try to work on keeping your body centered and using your edges and before you even know it you will be going full days with no issues at all. Of course this is if its a technique thing then i have no clue and my only suggestion would be to go do some squats and deadlifts lol.
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ride more. You're technique will improve and your legs will get stronger.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:45 PM   #16 (permalink)
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ride more. You're technique will improve and your legs will get stronger.
That's pretty much it...

Just ride more and mess around with your angles and width to see if you find something that works better for you. Every person is different and you're situation is kind of unique. You may find someone who's had the exact same issue though, so no harm with posting, that's for sure.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:50 PM   #17 (permalink)
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its all those hidden and magical muscles that burn arent' they the ones that never exsisted i found them my first couple times but 9 years later they dont hurt haha u find them in every sport u use crazy unique muscles
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Nobody mentioned stretching for a full 15-30 minutes before AND after snowboarding??? YOU NOOBS!!!

No really, you'll be surprised at how much less your muscles will ache if you follow this regime during any type of physical demanding activities.

Couple this with all of the other advice on here and you'll be golden.

I particularly like the wall sit advice. Those burn the hell out of your leg muscles. You can also progress to what I call "iron chair." This is like wall sits without the wall. You mimic sitting on a chair in an open area with your arms out like they are on chair arms.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:33 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Cycling will certainly help, I'm a biker in the summer so when I get back on the board in the winter the steadfast leg transition is much faster. Other then that though your just gonna have to snowboard a shitload and deal with the pain, because you will be working those specific muscles you use for snowboarding, muscles you dont always use alott for anything else. For example skiing is a completely different muscle set. I popped on some skis at the end of this season and got tired really fast, even after having my legs be monsters for boarding.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:32 AM   #20 (permalink)
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besides technique, more riding...

Doing stairs 2-3 steps at a time...slowly...like doing lunges but going up stairs and end the step by balancing on the ball of your foot and doing a calf rise. This gives the added bonus of developing your proprioceptive neuro-muscular system for balance.

Also, I just jump rope or you could do pylometric stuff.

I'm not a PT, but am old, fat and ride my bicycle along with the above and have very little problems with leg pain/burn...have noticed a huge difference in endurance, joint strength and able to shred all day since doing this for the past few years.
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