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post #21 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-25-2009, 05:13 AM
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ok thanks. will improving my balance do me any good? wont that help when doing rails and stuff?


yeah it will absolutely help with jibbing and especially anything dealing with spinning. when you use your core to power through spins it will look and feel way more natural (and waay less hucked, which is the goal eh?) but it definitely helps even free riding and just playing around doing flat ground stuff.
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Boxing classes,

Does wonders for your Cardio, legs, and core, plus overall fitness

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"Strength in your legs is not necessarily make you a stronger rider is totally correct. Along with technique, its a lot of core strength. You use your core as much as your legs while you are riding. As well as stretching. Being really flexible helps a lot."

The above is dead on. Also, if just do excercises, you will tone your muscles, not build them. To really want to build muscle then you also need to be mindful about your diet, too. You need to eat A LOT. Like so much so that you will put on some fat weight, too. Once your muscles get to where you want them, you then do a boat-load of cardio to get rid of the fat weight. The reason most diets fail (to add or loose weight) is because people do not have specific goals in place, or a realistic plan about how to reach that goal. They just say/think "I want to lose/gain weight." That is like saying "I want to go to China" and just walking out your front door and wandering around till you get there. It just wont work, and after awhile you'll get frustrated and loose motivation. The key to ANY excercise plan is consistency. Once motivation is gone, you can kiss consistency good bye.

Also, buy a fixed-gear bike and ride it everywhere. Esp up hills. They do wonders for your leg muscles.

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I said I wanted to lose weight last year without any plan or workout plan... lost 24lbs in 2 months...

had two jobs and ate 1 time a day or less... I wouldnt recommend it

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I said I wanted to lose weight last year without any plan or workout plan... lost 24lbs in 2 months...

had two jobs and ate 1 time a day or less... I wouldnt recommend it
And my guess is that a chunk of that was also muscle loss, not just fat loss. Moreover, unless you alter your diet long-term, that will all just come back.

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"Strength in your legs is not necessarily make you a stronger rider is totally correct. Along with technique, its a lot of core strength. You use your core as much as your legs while you are riding. As well as stretching. Being really flexible helps a lot."

The above is dead on. Also, if just do excercises, you will tone your muscles, not build them. To really want to build muscle then you also need to be mindful about your diet, too. You need to eat A LOT. Like so much so that you will put on some fat weight, too. Once your muscles get to where you want them, you then do a boat-load of cardio to get rid of the fat weight. The reason most diets fail (to add or loose weight) is because people do not have specific goals in place, or a realistic plan about how to reach that goal. They just say/think "I want to lose/gain weight." That is like saying "I want to go to China" and just walking out your front door and wandering around till you get there. It just wont work, and after awhile you'll get frustrated and loose motivation. The key to ANY excercise plan is consistency. Once motivation is gone, you can kiss consistency good bye.

Also, buy a fixed-gear bike and ride it everywhere. Esp up hills. They do wonders for your leg muscles.
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personally i dont do diets and stuff like that, i work out a bit and train my balance. but i dont go all hardcore with diets and stuff since that would suck the fun out of it immediatly
snowboarding is just my motivation to do some cardio training and some muscle training but i dont go overboard with it ( ive never been much of a fitness nut )
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but i dont go all hardcore with diets and stuff since that would suck the fun out of it immediatly
See, here is the deal with that stuff. It is kinda like learning to ride a bike. it sucks at first. It is a pain in the ass. But once you get a good understanding of how much, how often, and what you should be eating, then it just becomes second nature and there is almost no thought into it at all. Moreover, it is something you don't have to relearn again when you "fall off the wagon." The truth is, once you get to a certain age it is either work out or pork out. IMHO, it is better to do/learn all that shit before the day you suddenly realize you can't see your feet anymore. That way you never have to worry about it.

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thanks guys for all the responses, this helped out a lot. from what i am understanding, when you work out, it wont help nearly as much as if you work out and eat right, and strengthening my legs wont do very much but strengthening my core and balance will.
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thanks guys for all the responses, this helped out a lot. from what i am understanding, when you work out, it wont help nearly as much as if you work out and eat right, and strengthening my legs wont do very much but strengthening my core and balance will.
If you want a really detailed explination of a proper diet / excercise routine, shoot me a PM. I was really, really close to getting my personal trainer certificate awhile ago, but bailed before the test.

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I've been lifting weights avidly for a strong while now... just started back on my core routine a few weeks ago and I will move into a calisthenics routine soon and significantly reduce the weight lifting.

My diet stays on point!

STRENGTHENING YOUR LEGS WILL HELP n2 !!!! It's just that people frequently neglect the core which is just as important and sometimes more depending on the subject.
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