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Old 02-07-2014, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As I've gotten older, I've found that my body cannot take nearly the abuse its used to (obvious fact, I know). In fact, its been these past two years where I've seen a drastic decline in my ability to bounce back from general-snowboarding ailments. It used to be when I took a hard fall, I'd be out of commissioning for half a day to a day MYABE, now this is turning into weeks and even months. My most recent crash gave me a pretty nasty bout of whiplash over a month ago, and I'm still feeling it.

Most of my riding is done on weekends, so I luckily have 4-5 days to recover from any injuries. I try to exercise regularly during the weekdays to keep my endurance and strength up. I'm a huge proponent of stretching and yoga, and most days will try to do some kind of ~20 minute stretch routine to keep me limber.

What do you guys do? I'm not talking about working out for snowboarding, but general preventative maintenance health to prevent those nagging snowboarding injuries.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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deadlifts, squats, bench presses.
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I workout maybe 2-3 times a week picking one of the many Beachbody programs.

p90x 1, 2,3, plus; Insanity , asylum 1,asylum 2, T25, Les Miles Combat.

key is variety and changing the workout every 3 weeks activating different muscles in different ways and the timing between the exercises.
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Everyone forgets the glutes.
Isolation exercises on glutes separately before you do squats.
Lots of people squat and load the low back and quads vs the glutes.

Clam shells or just sitting with a band around your thighs will help keep muscles activated
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Quad stregthening to protect those knees.

Core strengthening (pilates/yoga) to reduce demand on your lower body and increase felxibilty and balance.

If you're over 40 with highly used joints don't do those P90X type workouts. They are more likely to injure you than snowboarding.

Ice and Alieve after riding.
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If you're really worried might be time to invest in some impact shorts and spinal protection as well.

Other than that a lot of what everyone is mentioning plus just general conditioning to ride.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i find that no matter how beat up or sore i am if i just go up and ride anyway it just feels better and better, Hair of the Dog!

half-ass, bi-weekly 'yoga' keeps me limber, and i stock ibuprofen and arnica cream for the evenings...also ice and heating pad as needed

the mental aspect is key, don't start thinking, let alone saying, shit like 'I'm old!'.. the body follows the mind...pma is key

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