To those who have never tried snowboarding, it may appear snowboarders simply glide effortlessly down the mountain. However, this Olympic sport is incredibly physically demanding, offering a great cardio workout while improving balance and building various muscle groups. One rookie mistake many make is not getting in shape before hitting the slopes. NEBH Athletic Trainers in the Sports Performance Center recommend building leg strength and core stability, and offer these three essential exercises to get you in snowboarding shape.
Exercise One: Squats
When you see higher level snowboarders, like those in the Olympics, you’ll notice they maintain a bent knee position and their upper body stays very still and quiet. Your training should mimic these positions. A great exercise to duplicate this posture is a squat with forward arm raise.
Exercise Two: Calf Raises
It is important to build strength in your calf muscles in order to keep you on your toe edge. The calf raise exercise will help strengthen your calves as well as the muscles in your feet and around your ankles.
Exercise Three: Pushups
Since most of us aren’t Olympic athletes, we will spend some time falling down in the snow. Continuously getting up on a snowboard can become exhausting, so pushups will help strengthen your body so no matter how many falls you take, you can keep going all day long.
If you have any health concerns, be sure to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.