Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID
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Snowboarding is much more based on Endurance than Strength. Building tons of leg strength will allow you to ride&flex a stiffer board which will give you more pop off of jumps (in addition to the extra pop from your strong legs). However, this will probably not be a big enough performance increase to justify spending countless hours doing heavy squats for the casual rider (although I still do them).
I would stick to the Endurance/Core/Balance training.
*For Endurance, pick something you like : Basketball, soccer, biking, jump rope, ect.
*For Core, do some Russian Twists and Bridges in addition to normal crunches.
*If you feel your balance needs work, the balance board seems like a good idea (I usually feel like one mellow run down the mountain at the biginning of the day gets me calibrated)
*Wall sits are a great snowboard specific activity. Hold some weights in your hands to make them more strength oriented vs endurance. I would also suggest some STRICT FORM Straigt Legged Deadlifts or Good Mornigs. These will work your lower back to complement your ab work, and will work your hamstrings. The wall sits are very quad-dominant exercise, and if you build your quads without the hamstrings, you can develop knee problems.
All of these can be performed without getting a gym membership.