Hey guys...i was just wondering what kind of stretches (if any) you do before going out snowboarding... i stretch (my legs mostly), but i always end up getting cramps in my calf area anyway...and i just stretch some more and it temporarily helps. so what do you do?
I do dynamic stretching and stay away from static stretches. This typically involves walking further from the parking lot or taking a warm up run. Jumping up and down and doing body squats. I also make sure to stock up my body fluids to make sure I don't cramp up due to de-hydration.
Tip for while you are snowboarding: start experimenting with which muscles you can relax while riding will help out a great deal too.
2 Tips for equipment: make sure hi-backs are not angled to far forward as this can cause calf pain. Look into custom footbeds.
get into motion before hand, walking/some jumping jax/squat a few times, get the blood pumping and joints moving, by moving i dont mean pass it to the left .... one thing i find very helpful is mid-day stretching, before is great, but stretching a worked muscle is even better, when the muscle just got worked then you stretch, it feels more rewarding