With your favorite local mountains opened its time to dust off those boards and boots and get ready to hit the slopes again. Before you go, we have put together some great exercises that you can incorporate into your workout routine before you go and be in ready condition. Each exercise will go over proper technique and form as well as reps and sets. We also describe why these exercises are beneficial to getting your body ready for Snowboarding.
Walking Lunges with rotations:
Begin standing with hands on hips. Lunge forwards, keeping knee over toe, and rotate upper body to face same side as forward leg. Return to starting position.
Reps 10 / sets 3
*Why is it beneficial? Lunges with rotations work the classic muscles the basic lunge works which are gluts, quadriceps, and hamstrings. The rotation adds the obliques and additional core stability.
Squats: Begin standing with feet hips distance apart and your hands on your hips. Keeping your knees over your toes, squat down with your hips back as if sitting in a chair, then return to starting position.
Reps 11 sets 3
*Why is it beneficial? Squats focus on core stability, gluteus maximus and hamstring strengthening. All are crucial to snowboarding.
Begin in a plank position on hands and feet. While keeping both hands on the ground bring one knee toward your chest while keeping your torso still. Switch the leg that moves and then repeat.
Reps 10 sets 3
*Why is it beneficial? Mountain climbers work on your core/abdominal stability. Core stability is important for your stability on your board.
Single leg stand up:
Begin seated in a chair, feet slightly bend one knee and have the other leg straight out. Lean your chest forward and use your glutes on your bent leg to push into your feet to stand up. Bend your knee and lower your hips to sit down and repeat. Reps 10 sets 3 Required equipment chair or bench
*Why is it beneficial? Leg strength and control. Helps with balance and stability in the knees, hips, and ankles.
If you try any of these exercises, please let us know in the comments section! We would be happy to hear from you! You can also use the exercises from our skiing blog, in addition or interchangeable with these exercises too.
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