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Snowboarder's Workout

Snowboard season is approaching fast, so today we’re going to talk about what exercises you can do to prepare before you hit the slopes.
What is important for snowboarders?

Snowboarders can significantly enhance their performance on the slopes by focusing on key areas such as balance, hip mobility, core strength, and quad strength. Incorporating strengthening exercises in your routine can significantly help you improve efficiency and movement on the slopes. In this blog, we’ll talk about five exercises that will cover each of these key areas of your body to get ready for the snow.

Incorporating exercises focusing on balance can improve your core stability and enhance your overall coordination. Hip mobility is another important aspect as it works on the ability to turn and do tricks efficiently, which can result in a smoother and more controlled riding experience. Thirdly, developing quad strength is significant for maintaining stability and power during downhill slopes. Squats, lunges, and plyometric exercises can help build strength in the quads, hamstrings, and glutes.

Five Exercises for Snowboarders

1) Bosu Ball Squats

Start by standing on the flat side of the Bosu ball. Bend your knees and hips. Squat as low as you can, then return to the starting position. Repeat 5-10 times. This exercise is excellent for practicing balance and enhancing coordination.

2) Single Leg Squats

Start by standing on your right foot. Lift your left leg and hold it out slightly in front of your body. Lower into a squat position, then push into your right foot to stand back up. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Repeat with your left leg. This exercise helps strengthen each leg.

3) Banded Hip Flexion

Start by looping a resistance band around both of your ankles. Stand up and use a wall or chair for support while having your feet hip width apart. Drive one knee up and hold it at the top for one second. Repeat on your other knee.

4) Seated Hip Flexion

Start by sitting down flat on the floor, with your back to a wall for support. Raise your leg up over an object (dumbbell). Repeat on your other leg.

5) Walking Lunge with Rotation

Start by standing with your feet slightly apart. Step one foot forward into a lunge. When you step forward, rotate your body to the side in the direction of your lead knee. Drive up your forward leg and use your other leg to take the next lunge step. Repeat 10 times for each leg.

Training consistently with goals will improve your snowboarding skills and help you reduce the risk of injuries. Working with a healthcare professional is beneficial in creating an exercise routine, while they can help you work consistently to prevent injuries and strengthen certain areas before you hit the slopes.

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