It’s that time of year again! Winter brings with it the joys and thrills of so many things. The snow, the ice, the cold, everything feels amazing, and lest we forget, it gives you an opportunity to hop back on the snowboard!
So, take all your snowboarding gears, grab on your snowboard, pick the highest hill, and set off down the slope in one of the best adventures of your life!
Or, you might want to wait a little bit. It’s been a long time since you last picked up your snowboarding boots so it might make sense to prepare a little bit before you go snowboarding, lest you end up spraining your ankle or breaking a bone.
Snowboarding requires extreme strength, endurance, and flexibility. The activity is concerned with a lot of physical stress and strain, and only once you are sure with what your body can handle, should you attempt to get back on the snowboard.
It’s been months since you’ve last snowboarded. Unless you’ve been getting regular exercise in these last few months, hopping on straight away leaves you prone to injuries and what not. So, why not warm up a little?
Here are seven incredible exercises that will help you get that snowboarding body back in shape for the season.
Squats are one of the most important exercises when it comes to snowboarding since they help strengthen most of the body parts which are engaged. They power the quads, hamstrings, hips, and the butt.
It is of popular opinion that the stronger your squats are, the longer you will be able to snowboard. Always perform your movements in a slow manner, with the knees not going any lower than 90 degrees.
The core and lower back should be kept tight when you perform a squatting motion, and the weight should be focused on your heels.
If you are bored with the traditional squat, there is another variant that you can try- the jumping squat. They are really good for increasing leg strength even more and give you explosive jumping power to help you with your snowboarding.
Starting in a normal squat position, here, you explosively jump up as high as you can, with your hands up, keeping the core tight and weight in the heels as explained before.
Normal pushups are too sleazy for the snowboarder’s workout. Do you want to clear that jump that you’ve always wanted, but never been able to? Do you want to better your positioning on the snowboard?
Well, power pushups are an excellent way to train your core and upper body. This will strengthen the body, and may also help you in case you fall down and sustain an impact on the upper body.
Position your hands a bit wider than usual for another variant on the power pushups, and this will help you work your core and glutes.
If you want to focus more on your inner thighs and glutes, you may try doing some lunges in addition to squats. They are very similar to squats, and also help in improving balance. God knows you need balance on a snowboard, don’t you?
While keeping the upper body straight, the step should be taken backward, instead of forward. This helps in improving balance even more.
If you want to try another variant of the lunge, go for the jumping lunge. Between lunge positions, jumping explosively as you did with the jumping squat will help you improve your balance to the highest order.
One of the most popular cardio exercises, the plank is insanely effective in helping you strengthen so many things. The core is what it strengthens, focusing on balance as well.
There are actually many variants to a plank. Doing a few sets of each variant the next time you work out would be the most beneficial for your snowboarding experiences.
The first variant would be to put your body in a pushup position, hands under the shoulders, core tight, and just hold on for as long as you can.
The second variant would be to bend your elbows at right angles, put your arms on the ground, body straight, core stiff, and hold.
The third variant is something that is called a side plank. This strengthens the obliques, another area mighty important for some snowboarding fun. Here, you support yourself on the one hand, sideways, put one arm into the air, and hold.
Imagine if you fall while snowboarding, and no one is around to help you get up. Working on your triceps will give you the ability to pick yourself up and dust yourself off, and just keep going.
Tricep dips, using a chair, are helpful even when you take a short break and want to get going again. Strong triceps make the process that much easier.
Snowboarding, like any other sport, requires a healthy amount of stamina and endurance. Building endurance in the legs is super important, so cycling is one of the best exercises to accomplish that.
You could either ride a proper bike or also practice on a stationary cycling machine, depending on availability. Stamina, endurance, and leg muscles- all of these are insanely crucial for your snowboarding experiences!
The single leg deadlifts
There are few exercises that help you work on strength, control, and balance of the legs all at the same time. The muscles of the hip, knee, and ankle are also strengthened, which is a bonus, really.
Even if you cannot accomplish the positioning of the leg deadlifts for the first time, don’t be hesitant to take the support of a wall. Once your balance gets better, you can get rid of the support.
That’s it! Seven incredible exercises to get you going and in shape for some of the best snowboarding adventures of your life! Strengthen those legs, increase your stamina, get your snowboarding boots out, and set off!
Author Stephen Tillart
Stephen Tillart is a specialist author at snowdayride.com. He is very interested in traveling. His writings on traveling have been published on travel magazines like travelede before.
His strong desire for traveling and search for adventure has allowed him to travel to many countries. Besides working as a creative writer for travel and sports journals, he loves to spend time with his friends. He plans to open a video forum where travel freak and adventure lovers can share their traveling experiences in many countries.