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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-25-2009, 08:49 PM
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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.
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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.
thanks, this helped alot.
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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.
Exactly.
Workout like crazy + Eat nothing but lettuce = weaksauce
Workout like crazy + Eat nothing but fat = weak tub
Workout like crazy + Eat well balanced diet = GnarShredder

My super summary of nutrition:

Protien - the main macronutrient required to build the body's tissues (including muscle). Also a secondary energy source. In the bodybuilding community it is usually advised to eat 1 or more grams of protien per pound of bodyweight per day. If you are not working out very hard, you could get away with less. 0.75grams per pound would be fine.

Carbohydrates - primary energy source. Also help with recovery if taken soon after working out (especially when combined with protien). Excess basically turns into bodyfat.

Fats - All fats are not bad. You need healthy fats for your joints, hormone production, and many other body functions. Nuts(mmmmmm... peanut butter), fish oil, and olive oil are your best bet. Also a secondary energy source.
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thanks, this helped alot.
Back extensions are also good for the lower back. Boardthesnow gave you some great ideas!
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just wondering, why would being flexible help?
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Spins, butters, being able to move freely. Watch a someone who is stiff try to snowboard, then watch someone who is relaxed snowboard.

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im thinking about doing yoga, but dont know what kind of yoga i should be doing for snowboarding or where to find it online, any suggestions?
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