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Donutz 06-19-2011 06:25 PM

Balance Beam
 
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Based on one of the vids from the Snowboard Addiction series, I build a very basic balance beam from a 4x4 and a couple of pieces of 2x4. Didn't even use them newfangled screws -- nails were good enough for Noah, they're good enough fer me!

Anyway, just got around to trying it out today. Lotta work hopping on and off that thing, but I can tell already that it's going to make a difference when the season starts. In just a half-hour, I got well into doing 180s on the beam, jumping 180's on and off, nose and tail slide positioning, etc. Can't say it's exactly like sliding down a rail, (not even close) but it's giving me a feeling for the balance.

And I think most importantly, I felt almost like I got some snowboarding in. This may actually get me through the summer!

SkylineGTR 06-19-2011 10:51 PM

Replace that with a PVC pipe and shovel some snow from an ice rink into your car/truck and you can be jibbing in the summer.

slyder 06-19-2011 11:40 PM

WOW your doing a 180 on, impressive. We need to break ours out again to mess around on. I can 180 off ours but not onto.

This is a huge leg work out hey. A dozen pops on/off and I'm winded. I use an old exercise mat on the garage floor, saves me from killing my grass.

My boy last year.

http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/p...g/DSC01700.jpg

-Slyder

Donutz 06-20-2011 12:04 PM

Buttercups are already killing my grass. I'm quite happy to kill buttercups. :laugh:

Yeah, it's an amazing workout, and I think it's more of a core workout than most of the exercising I do, which is why I'm finding it such a shock. That's good, though. I'll see if in a couple of weeks I'm starting to get better endurance on this thing.

But the main thing is it's making me more confident on the board. I think this upcoming season I'll be able to hit the features without a lot of manning-up required.

aiidoneus 06-20-2011 07:18 PM

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So I guess you just kinda hop around on it?

Donutz 06-20-2011 09:04 PM

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Originally Posted by aiidoneus (Post 405269)
So I guess you just kinda hop around on it?

Yeah. Onto it, off of it, change positions. It's like practicing set plays without a defense. Allows you to get used to the technique without the danger.

slyder 06-20-2011 10:21 PM

Helps build balance and muscle memory and builds your leg and core muscles.

Plus anytime you can strap on your board and practice is a win.

-Slyder

aiidoneus 06-21-2011 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Donutz (Post 405280)
Yeah. Onto it, off of it, change positions. It's like practicing set plays without a defense. Allows you to get used to the technique without the danger.

I think this weekend i will set something up. Be nice to get back on my snowboard.

uh oh a virus 06-21-2011 03:37 PM

Nice! I nice piece of wax and a hill will work wonders for that ;) I'm currently in the process of building a backyard jib. It's difficult because I am horrible with my hands, and I never feel like getting the wood and stuff for it =P It's officially summer though, so now I mine as well make use of my free time.

kung-POW 06-22-2011 05:05 AM

Hey Donutz, where about's do you live in Vancouver? I'm thinking of building one of those too.


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