How to Get Into Shape for Snowboarding
February 3, 2015
Snowboarding can be a fun way to keep fitness during the cold, snowy months. It’s also a great way to enjoy outdoor sport during the cold season. But you can’t just hop on a snowboard and risk injury. You have to prepare your body for it. Question is, how?
Keep yourself active.
Our bodies do not keep their stamina and endurance without constant stimulus. If you slack off during the summer months, you won’t have much strength and endurance for any winter sport. The same thing happens to strength trainers, swimmers, runners, and athletes. They have to be consistently active to stimulate their muscles and bones.
Snowboarding recruits all muscles of your body, most especially the quads, hamstrings, and core. These muscles are more effective in giving you more force and stabilizing you at the same time if they are stronger. Weight training is the best and most efficient way to build bigger and stronger muscles. Runners, swimmers, and other athletes have to incorporate weight training into their schedules for similar reasons. Gym memberships are relatively inexpensive. You can do compound and isolation workouts during summer as you prepare yourself.
Train your balance on a surfboard.
Head to surfing spots nearby and train your balance on the surfboard. Summer is the perfect time to do this. Balancing on a surfboard over water is much more difficult than balancing on a snowboard. If you can surf, there’s no reason you can’t snowboard. And if you can’t find a surfboard, then go with a stand up paddle board. Active Weekender gives a list of the top affordable models for the year.
More exercises for balance are beneficial.
Do exercises on a Swiss ball. Work out using free weights, not machines. Free weights force your body to recruit extra muscles for balance. The same thing doesn’t happen with workout machines, which do the stabilization for you. Strength is absolutely important in balancing. You could injure yourself without proper balance training.
One of the best and most enjoyable ways to train those thigh and leg muscles, so they get stronger as snowy winter approaches, is to hike. The trail you choose depends on your experience. Beginners have to pick trails on plains and hills. Advanced hikers should pick more challenging trails on rugged, rocky terrain.
Can’t get to the gym? No gym equipment? No problem!
Do bodyweight workouts. Start with push-ups and pull-ups, because you have to work your upper body. Squats, even air squats, are indispensable. They train your quads, the large muscle group of the thighs that do much of the work when snowboarding. Lunges work the quads and hamstrings too. Train your core with planks. Your core absolutely does much of the work in balancing your body. A strong core is vital for stabilization. Get stronger at these exercises and try harder versions of each as you advance.