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Old 03-01-2014, 06:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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my bro has been having a problem with his thighs or calves (can't remember which) getting super tight just from one run. so much so that after one run he'd have to take a break and stretch. i know he's in shape because he works out a lot. he's pretty jacked up. he thought it might be from just working his legs too much during his workouts. mostly he lifts weights and maybe some cardio here and there. i find it odd because i'm not in shape whatsoever. the only exercise i get is when i snowboard during the winter and i have absolutely no problems. and like any other good brother i just tell him it's because he sucks lol. but i really don't have a clue. he's not a beginner. he's actually pretty good and had no problems last year. he's been heavy into working out for over 10 years now. so it strikes me as odd that he would all of a sudden have a problem now. i read somewhere on here that compression base layers can help the muscles but i dont know anything about them since i just stick with sweatpants and a sweatshirt. anyone have any advice on this?
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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searched (i keep forgetting to do that first, my apologies lol) and found a few threads with some good pointers about muscle memory and maybe the lean on his bindings or his riding style but like i said he had no problems last year and as far as i know he didn't change the settings on his bindings. so im still not really sure. maybe he should stretch before going? i don't know, i don't stretch or do any preparations like that. i just go out there and ride. i guess i should mention that i've been riding for 14 or 15 years now and he's only been riding for about 3. he's ridden a few times many years ago but he started doing it again, and way more often, these last 3 years.

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Old 03-01-2014, 07:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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oh and even though i've been riding for so long i've never given a single thought to "proper technique". im self taught (never took a lesson) and i just go out there and do it. i've always thought of snowboarding as a "you learn by doing" thing so i really don't have any pointers to give him. he's always blabbering about bending his knees and such. the only advice i ever give him is don't think about all this stuff and just ride but he never listens to that for some reason.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Without seeing him ride it's hard to tell you what he's doing wrong. Because, obviously he is... You say he's not a beginner but does he sideslip on his heel edge a lot?
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no. he carves a lot. to be honest i haven't taken a good look at his riding. i'll take a good look next time though. it could very well be his technique though because he's more of a "think things through" kind of person and im more of a "just go for it" type of person so he could have the wrong idea in his head causing him to overwork his legs. glad you pointed that out
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nevermind. i was talkin' to him today and i think it is because of his workouts because he said his muscles sometimes start to get tight just from walking when it's cold out. would a compression base layer help with that at all?
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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it sounds like he is cramping. He should stretch, eat bananas, drink water,and maybe get on a good multi-vitamin.


Just out of curiousity, you said he is heavy into working out... is he taking any supplements? perhaps creatine, or something of that nature? many supplements are known to cause cramping.
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i know he doesn't take creatine but he does drink a lot of those protein drinks. the powder that comes in those big jars and you mix them with water. there may be other stuff he takes but im not sure. i'll tell him to try your suggestions. we just went today and he kept having to constantly stretch. after doing a pretty long run (by NJ standards at least) he had to take a break.
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When I was teaching my girlfriend how to ski while on my snowboard I would get the same burn in my calves. I was spending way more time on my heels and toes while observing her or waiting for to clear a section. It is a sucky feeling, and once you get it it will always linger. Like someone said, hard to say without seeing him specifically. A friend of mine would get it as well, but because he always rode on his edges and would never go flat.
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A quick board set up change to reduce leg fatigue is to set the hi-back of the binding as strait as possible so it doesn't cause his legs to be in a constant leaned stance.
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