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Old 03-19-2009, 02:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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anything to help with park stuff or jumps? backyard boarding has it's limits.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks all for your reply,

There all good, but surf might be a problem around Montreal as the only wawe you will see here are at a hockey game

As far as staying in shape, I'm triyng to keep pretty fit (at 35, with a daugther, a day job and way too many passions, it a survival requirement).

My point was more about doing stuff that will help me out with the riding aspect (stance, heel and toe action, transition, etc.) so I guess at this point skate and balance board might be my best bet.
You are in much the same situation as I am. 35, two kids, job, spouse, family time etc. etc. etc. My son started skiing this year and he wants to snowboard as well as skateboard. Together we work on using a balance board. I think this is a key item that will pay huge dividends to both my snowboarding and his skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding. I suggest you make one up and start using it. I plan to transition from a balance board with a pipe under it front/back to a pipe side/side to improve toe/heel balance. From that transition to one of the boards you can get that have a ball under them. I suppose that would be the ultimate end goal.

I also have turned to rollerblading for my cardio work. If I am on my bike I am going way to slow to let my kids keep up. If I rollerblade and they ride bikes its a perfect combo to force me to haul ass to keep up. Plus those damn hills get to be a killer on the legs after a bit. My knees cant do jogging. If I jog my surgery knee will hurt for days after.

I also weightlift. Heavy on the ass-to-grass squats, deadlifts, pullups. I am working in jump squats as well.

So, grab some rollerblades if you don't want to skateboard. Skateboarding is not for me. And go for a "ride" with the family every other day. Heck even if you only have a few minutes just point towards the biggest darn hill you have near by and head up it .

Then lift heavy on the other days.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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anything to help with park stuff or jumps? backyard boarding has it's limits.
I don't focus on either of these but I have enough understanding to know the more pop you have the better your jumb is going to be. So.....squats, jump squats, jump lunges or if your not fat and old like me then ultimate would be one leg dumbell squats, broad jumps, heck balance board
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Don't forget to weight train. Focus on lifts that target your lower body, back, and core muscles. Squats and Deadlifts are a must. You know that burning feeling in your quads the first few times of the season, that can be eliminated with a good weightlifting routine. It can also help with strength and stability on your board.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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You are in much the same situation as I am. 35, two kids, job, spouse, family time etc. etc. etc. My son started skiing this year and he wants to snowboard as well as skateboard. Together we work on using a balance board. I think this is a key item that will pay huge dividends to both my snowboarding and his skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding. I suggest you make one up and start using it. I plan to transition from a balance board with a pipe under it front/back to a pipe side/side to improve toe/heel balance. From that transition to one of the boards you can get that have a ball under them. I suppose that would be the ultimate end goal.
TKS, it's exactly my situation; running after time....

I found out this link here about building one... anything I should avoid or modify when doing it?

And what about the online training offer like this one... a gaper trap ? or worth it if the money is no problem for it?
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:07 PM   #16 (permalink)
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TKS, it's exactly my situation; running after time....

I found out this link here about building one... anything I should avoid or modify when doing it?

And what about the online training offer like this one... a gaper trap ? or worth it if the money is no problem for it?
That link for the balance board should work just fine. Honestly, its not that hard of a device to come up with just about anything laying around your house to accomplish the goal. I made mine with a 1/2" oak stair tread that I had left over from when I replaced my stairs treads with oak from carpet. It was already the right size to use. I cut a piece of 1/2" pvc pipe I found in my garage for under it. Find a sold piece of wood, put something round under it, get on and balance = done

If I was looking at something like the online training video type thing I think I would be saving the money to offer it to a local boarder that was better then me (in the form of beer or pizza or...) to buy some training tips from someone on the hill with me.
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TKS, it's exactly my situation; running after time....

I found out this link here about building one... anything I should avoid or modify when doing it?

And what about the online training offer like this one... a gaper trap ? or worth it if the money is no problem for it?
Here is a good tip for the balance board itself... Don't make one, just buy a very cheap skateboard deck .
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My plan to stay fit over the summer is hit the gym a couple times a week at least, focusing heavily on core and legs, I'm working as a roofer this summer so my arms get a dam good workout everyday at work. I also plan on investing in a road bike to get my cardio up, can't jog because I got knee surgery a year ago and it hurts like a bitch if I jog for extended periods of time.
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i just tried on my little cousin's ripstick today...
wow...that sh*t is hard LOL

i came home and looked online to see the ripstick website claims the ripstick to have snowboarding carve qualities.

anyone rides a ripstick?
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
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i just tried on my little cousin's ripstick today...
wow...that sh*t is hard LOL

i came home and looked online to see the ripstick website claims the ripstick to have snowboarding carve qualities.

anyone rides a ripstick?
I tried one once. Its like a snowboard except for the fact that there is no way to stop other than bailing, and its about 10x harder to balance on.
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