Snowboard season is coming up, and there are a few things we can do to get ready. When we’re snowboarding we use allot of muscles, which we don’t usually use in our day to day lives. Especially if you’re learning how to snowboard, these exercises will save you allot of muscle pain. Even the most advanced snowboarders will have sore muscles after the first day of the season. Check out these five exercises to learn how to prevent snowboard muscle pains.
5 Exercises to prepare us for snowboarding:
1. Squats – We are constantly bending our knees while snowboarding. We are bending our knees to absorb pressure around each turn, and to jump on our snowboards. So squats are the best exercise to prepare our muscles.
2. Lunges – When we snowboard we are always alternating our weight between our front and back feet. Nose and tail presses, and ollies all use the muscles we can strengthen by doing lunges.
3. Sit ups – A strong core is key for snowboarding. Every time we strap up we use our core. Your core is being used all the way through your turns as well. Core is especially important when your learn how to snowboard.
4. Back extensions – As we snowboard it’s important to keep our backs straight. Having a strong lower back will keep your back straight, and also help prevent any back injuries.
5. Rotator Cuff External Rotation – One of the most common injuries in snowboarding is dislocated shoulders. This shoulder exercise will strength the muscles around the rotator cuff and can help save your shoulders.
Train these five exercises before your first day of the season and you’ll feel the benefits as you ride, and the days following. If it’s your first season and you’re learning how to snowboard these exercises will set you up for success!