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Old 11-18-2008, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Snowboarding books and weight training.

I have snowboarded on and off for the past 4 years. No, no advanced stuff like somersaults or anything. Just casual down the hill stuff

Can anyone recommend me a book on snowboarding that spends time on preparing for snowboarding season (for instance, through weight training in a gym) as much as it does about actual snowboarding skills?

As much as I like the feel of a stiff breeze whipping up snow onto my face, I also want to stay injury free so that I can snowboard well for decades to come. Thanks!
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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don't know if there is a book, but many of us recommend aerobic cross training, weights focusing on core stength and general fitness (as opposed to serious weight training), as well as stretching.

I use exercise balls in a variety of ways for core training while doing otehr movements, as well as balance/gel half-domes.

Squats and deadlifts for legs/back but more focus on form and number of reps as opposed to weight.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Strength training is good, maintaining flexibility is better, not doing stupid stuff and keeping safe on the slopes is the best.
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You can check out crossfit.com. They have general practical cross training, which doesn't limit you to the gym. and if you're in a warmer climate, you can do this kind of stuff year-round.
The other bonus is that it doesn't rely on a gym environment which some find boring.

Definitely worth checking out.
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My only advice is to keep it low impact. I used to run a lot and now I have issues with my knees. I started using a stationary bike and eliptical and it's a lot better now.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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All good advice, I'll chirp in and recommend this website CPT Fitness : Snowboard Workout Program I found it pretty helpful as a guide. good range
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:13 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Even though its skiing it may help for snowboarding.

Amazon.com: Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Skiing (Ultimate Guide to Weight Training...): Robert G. Price: Books

Figuring out your own stuff from the online guides is probably a better way though and you dont have to buy anything!
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I would suggest using really working your core muscles. Try limiting it to training with your body weight instead of free weights. The more you can control your own body, the stronger you will feel on the board.
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I would say to do aerobics, stationary bike's etc.. low impact stuff to avoid the strain on your knee's..I really wouldn't recomend to many heavy weight lifting. You want to be flexing and limber not stiff. Also stay away from Squat's (atleast heavy squats)..Example being I did some this past monday and Im still sore and stiff...Thnka god my season dosen't start til next weekend If not I would be screwed..
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm not sure which exercises are better, but I can guarantee that lifting weights in the offseason will help when you fall. During the two past seasons, one of which I was working out during, I felt a big difference when I was going fast and happened to eat shit. I could get up and shake it off in a second after I had worked out. When I was less in shape, I would get the wind knocked out of me and had to take a few. I probably should be doing some stretches, I can see why that's beneficial, but ehh.
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