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Old 10-27-2012, 07:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if the vet's here knew of any specific types of off season training that would help train/improve my overall balance on the board?

Lately I've been trying some squats with an overturned Bosu Ball, I balance on the flat base in my general snowboarding stance while doing squats or holding a squat position while going heel-toe. Sometimes I even do this while switching a 10-15lb medicine ball from hand to hand.

Will have to wait & see if this helps any while on the board, but my balance seems to have improved some! (...at least I don't fall off the ball like I did at first!)

Is there anything else you would suggest I add to my workouts that would help with overall balance for boarding?
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Yoga works on balance, as well as strength and flexibility.

If you don't have much time or exercise equipment available, then one simple exercise is to see how long you can stand on one leg. Make a game of it and see if you can beat your PRs.
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I'm not a vet but I built a "balance board"? It's a good tool for balance and will improve your confidence when approching rails. Decent workout too. I wouldn't use it but if you workout at home then you might like it. Some people on here built it from lumber but I built mine cheaper. Either way is fine.

What i did was get a log, 4'-whatever' is fine. Then split some wedges (shims whatever) off another log and jam them under your log on both sides at either end. Done. Strap in and jump off and on. Try boardslides and noseslides (your not really sliding), pressing whatever. 180-270-360 on off. The shit is pretty fun especially for those of us with shorter seasons. Oh and it wont fuck your board up besides pretty small scratches on base. I don't give a fuck personally, but if you do you could staple old carpet to the log and I bet your base would be fine.

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I was wondering if the vet's here knew of any specific types of off season training that would help train/improve my overall balance on the board?

Lately I've been trying some squats with an overturned Bosu Ball, I balance on the flat base in my general snowboarding stance while doing squats or holding a squat position while going heel-toe. Sometimes I even do this while switching a 10-15lb medicine ball from hand to hand.

Will have to wait & see if this helps any while on the board, but my balance seems to have improved some! (...at least I don't fall off the ball like I did at first!)

Is there anything else you would suggest I add to my workouts that would help with overall balance for boarding?
Doing everything on an unstable platform if really going to help.

These videos are what other snowboarders are doing.

The double bosu 180 and 360 show here is really good (the full video has a few more things)



Gretchen Bleiler Indo Board workout


Lol... and Nate Holland Boardcross training
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The double bosu 180 and 360 show here is really good (the full video has a few more things)
Honestly, I have that video (have the sub) and I really didn't like the jumping on the bosu balls. Looked to me like a recipe for a sprained ankle - if not worse.

I've been using this at the gym at work:

Extreme Balance Board from Fitterfirst

Really good core workout as well as balance work. And it's forcing me to get off my heels, which is something I tend to have a problem with.
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I use to have a homemade balance board not to long ago. My beefcake room mate broke the crappy board in half.

Another person suggested a skate deck and a PVC pipe. I have never tried that. My balance board was a skate deck and a big bottle of coke filled with water with duct tape tightly wrapped around it. It worked awesome and was fun. Make sure nothing breakable is around when you use one. Put the bong away.

This fall I have been skate boarding more in preparation for snowboarding. Riding a bicycle is good too. Bicycles are low impact and good for your knees. I am one of those seasoned snowboarders that have good knees, it may be because I ride bicycles a lot. I think skateboarding was very effective. I have been snowboarding and I am not getting sore legs.
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Yoga works on balance, as well as strength and flexibility.

If you don't have much time or exercise equipment available, then one simple exercise is to see how long you can stand on one leg. Make a game of it and see if you can beat your PRs.
Yoga for sure. Balance comes from the core, so work them abs.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Vew Do balance boards. Super fun!
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