You might be thinking, it’s the end of Summer, why should I start training now for this year’s snowboarding season? Snowfall is still a few months away! Well hate to break it to you, you can’t just lay around and expect to be ready for boarding. This is a great time of the year to get off your butt and improve your fitness so you can return to the slopes toned, sharper, and more confident this snow season!
Let’s take a look at some ways to improve your snowboarding skills, off the slopes!
Keep That “Snow-Fit” Body
Stay in shape. Well, that sounds obvious, but how many seasons have you put the snowboard in the garage for the summer and not spent any time actively working the muscles that you use while you board? Make sure to have fun! And while you’re at it, avoid the treadmill. It’s not good for your snowboarding knees!
At the gym (or at home) try to incorporate:
- Endurance (cross trainer, bikes, rowing, side stepper, etc)
- Strength (weights, squats, push-ups, etc)
- Balance/core (medicine ball, swiss ball, core exercises)
- Flexibility (make sure to warm up and cool down, stretch, or do yoga)
All of these exercises are key elements for snowboarding, so a good mix will keep you toned and ready to hit the slopes!
Tip: Mix it up! Don’t stick to the same work-out routine for weeks on end. Maybe incorporate some classes in the mix like Zumba, Spin, or Aerobics. Just make sure to get your heart rate going! Also, be sure to lower the intensity once in a while and do some yoga or Pilates. Your sore muscles will thank you! Don’t forget to take rest days so your body can recover!
Skate, Surf, Wake, Etc.
If you are able, doing any board sport such as skateboarding, surfing, or wakeboarding can help improve your strength, coordination, and balance. (Not to mention you’ll get that “boarding” fix!)
Biking is a great way to keep your legs in shape during the off-season. Ride a bike anywhere! Try to incorporate it into your daily routine if you can! Ride trails, go for a ride around town, or just cruise around your neighborhood. Working your leg muscles in the offseason can only help your balance on the mountain!
Don’t roll your eyes at this one! While you might think it’s a little nerdy, you can get a great workout while rollerblading and can strengthen your hips for snowboard season. While hiking, running, and cycling workout your hips in the forward/backward motion, rollerblading helps strengthen your hips laterally, which equals happy knees! ( And happy boarding!)
If you haven’t already guessed it, the key to being snowboard season ready is to be toned and in shape! Working on the muscles that are most frequently used during a snowboard sesh is the best way to train for snow season. Just stay active, have fun, and keep dreaming of the powder. It’ll be here soon!
Dreaming of a new snowboard this season? Check out our selection of snowboards and gear at Three Rad Kids, and apply for our easy lease-to-own options. Don’t let inferior gear deter your progress! Get ready to get out there on the slopes this season with the best gear available!
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