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Get Fit for Snowboarding

Starting out snowboarding, whether new to the season or new to the sport altogether, is an incredible workout. I love finding additional fitness outlets during Winter months, especially things that are super fun. One thing to keep in mind, however, is you'll get the most out of the season if you hit the slopes already trained. Even if snow seems weeks away, I would start now so you'll be ready.

Here are a few areas to pay attention to while training:

  • Quadriceps: The quadriceps muscles are extremely important because maintaining the correct position for snowboarding (read: squat), along with trying to turn and control the board, means that your quadriceps will be working overtime while you're snowboarding.
    Good exercises: Leg presses, lunges, and squats
  • Hip flexors: While snowboarding, your hip flexors will be in full force as your body is moving up and down and maintaining your balance.
    Good exercises: Hanging twisting leg raises and leg raises on a step
  • Core: Your core muscles will keep you upright and help you to balance. Core strength is essential for everyday living, but crucial for hitting the slopes upright, rather than face first.
    Good exercises: Plank and dying bug
  • Total body: Snowboarding is truly a full body training sport, especially when you're just learning. To be ready to hit the slopes and keep a balanced training program, be sure to train your whole body, not just your legs.
    Good exercises: Seated rows, lat pull-down, calf raises, hamstring curls, push-ups, bicycle crunches, and triceps dips

Fit's Tip: Don't forget to work on your cardio endurance too, since some of those slopes can be several miles long. Need some ideas? Try a few of my cardio programs.

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Tari007 Tari007 8 years
Snowboarding really is one of THE BEST work-outs EVER!!!! My entire body hurts the first weekend every season....even my eyelashes hurt! But it's awesome! and fun! and I guarantee thighs and butts of steel by the end of the winter!!!
Cher Cher 8 years
I've been seeing a trainer for a while but we've already begun prepping my muscles for snowboarding! The long runs are so hard if you haven't been doing your lunges and squats in a while! We've been doing a lot of balance stuff too both for core strength and balance purposes. YAY snowboarding!
EllaBella EllaBella 8 years
I am also looking forward to snowboarding! But I must say each year, whatever I do, I get really sore the first day! This year I want to try and learn some fun tricks so I am really looking forward to it! :) And I love skiing too!!
lil-l lil-l 8 years
Although this is a great workout...When i tried this spent most of the day on my rear! :o
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm a novice snowboarder and I'm looking forward to getting out there and getting better this year.
Yaya123 Yaya123 8 years
Yes! Can't wait for snow! I think I'll be prepared this time! I've been working out alot more lately...lunges squats the whole deal! I'm ready! After hitting the slopes you get so sore the next day haha Its a great workout! Tons of fun.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Oh lord, did this a few times-my butt was so sore. I'm more of a skiing girl ;)
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn i cannnnnnnnnot wait. but what the heck is a Hanging twisting leg raise? it sounds a little scary. i think i will just get one of the trainers at the gym to create a workout for me for snowboarding. cuz i have no clue what most of these activities are :) I hate this period between summer and winter... theres barely anything to do to stay fit except walk my hyper dog lol. and its already dark when i leave work now so.... bye bye motivation lol.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
I really want to learn to snowboard.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
Can't wait to ski! Hope there is snow this year in the Sierras!
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
i got spoiled with co snow :( now i have to sit and wait to ski vt and nh again fooey! :) SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
:woohoo: thanks for this fit! but i agree w/ ashcwebb skiing is great too ;)
syako syako 8 years
Love me some snowboarding. Hope I'll make it out to the slopes this season.
mrsgrillo mrsgrillo 8 years
Yay snowboarding. Can not wait. Come one snow!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
awwww yea cant wait!! :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Don't forget about SKIING! Eww to snowboarding yay to skiing!!!
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