5 Snowboard Exercises for Beginner Training
5 snowboard exercises that will get you ready for your first day of snowboarding. On your first day of riding you’ll be learning a lot of new snowboard skills and using muscles that you may not normally use. These five exercises will get your body ready specifically for those new skills.
The first snowboard exercise to do is squats, which will strengthen your legs, your core, and also challenge your balance. You spend a lot of time in a squat position while snowboarding, especially when your doing heel sliding and heel turns. For good squat technique make sure you keep your knees apart, bend like your sitting in a chair, and keep your head looking up.
The next exercise to prepare you for you first day is bicycles. You’ll spend most of your time on your first day standing up from a seated position in the snow, and training bicycles will strengthen your core and make this a lot easier. While doing the the bicycles make sure you keep your head up and you’re not pulling your neck forward.
The third snowboard exercise is lunges which is another great exercise for strengthening your legs, core and improving your balance. The muscles you use for lunges are the some ones you’ll us when learning to skate and walk up hills. For a proper lunge make sure the knee you bend forward stays over your ankle and doesn’t go passed your toes.
The next exercise is bridges which will build the strength in your hips. You’ll used this forward hip strength when learning to toe slide and turn turn. Having your hips forward keeps you in a balanced body position over your board, with your knees bent and back straight. The key to bridges is to use the front of your thighs to bring you hips into the air.
The final snowboard exercise is push ups, which will prepare you for pushing yourself up off the snow, on your toe edge. For good push up technique try to keep your body in a straight line, with your head looking a bit forward. You can modify push ups to make them easier by keeping your knees on the ground.
Get into a routine of doing these five snowboard exercises before your first day riding and your body will be much more prepared to learn these snowboard skills, plus you’ll be less tired and sore at the end of the day, which will set you up to ride again the next day. Thanks for watching guys, I hope you give these a try, and I’ll see you in the next video!
How to Penguin Walk Snowboarding – Beginner Snowboard
In this video I’m going to teach you how to do the penguin walk. This is a great beginner snowboard skill which allows you to get across flat parts of the mountain, without having to unstrap from you snowboard. To make learning the penguin easy, I’ll show you a few skills to practice first, break down each part of the penguin walk and show you how to avoid common mistakes.
The first skill to practice is nose and tail presses. You use this same motion in the penguin walk, moving your weight between your front and back foot with each step. For the tail press move your weight over your tail and bend your back leg. Do the same for the nose press, moving your weight over your nose while bending your front leg.
Once you’re comfortable pressing on both feet, you can start bouncing between your nose and tail. Alternating your weight and use your knees to bend into the tail press and pop out into the nose press.
The next step to start using your toe edge to move forward. Each time you move your weight between your nose and tail, dig your toe edge in and push yourself forward. Focus on one foot at a time, until you can get a rhythm going.
Keep your weight center over you snowboard, to stay balanced, and keep yourself from falling forward. Use your arm to keep your momentum going and to help keep you balanced.
Give the penguin walk a try and let me know how it goes. If you have any questions, or if there are any other snowboard skills you want to learn, you can leave them in the comment section. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!
How to Tripod Snowboarding
In this video I’m going to teach you how to do a tripod snowboarding. Tripod’s are fun ground trick you can practice with your friends almost anywhere on the mountain. To make learning this trick easy I’ll give you tips on how to get into the tripod and how keep your board straight and balance once you’re in it.
Start, by finding a flat spot where you can practice. To get into the tripod, turn your body and reach to plant your hands in the snow. At the same time move all your body weight over your snowboards tail. This will make it super easy to lift the nose of your board into the air.
When you’re ready to take the tripod to the slope, start by setting it up from your toe edge. You’re toe edge will give you a solid platform to control your speed and initiate the tripod from. First, let your snowboard run down hill, then turn to plant your hands and move your weight to your tail. The slope of the run will actually help you to move your weight back and lift your boards nose in the air. Once you’re comfortable, you can start to come up with other more creative ways to get into it.
When you’re in the tripod, you want to keep your board centered between your hands and pointed straight into the air. Practice on the flat ground, using your core muscles to balance and hold your board up straight. This will build your muscle memory, so you know exactly how it should feel when you take it to the slope. The key to keeping your snowboard balanced and straight on the slope, is to first pick a run that’s level. If the run curves to the left or right, then your board will lean in that direction and cause you to tip over. Look down threw your arms to make sure your board is running straight and down the level part of the run.
Good luck with the tripods snowboarding guys! If you have any questions you can leave them in the comment section. You can also tell me if there are any other tricks you wanna learn. Help support this channel give this video a thumbs up and share it with your friends. Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next trick video!
3 Beginner Snowboard Tips – First Day Snowboarding
In this video I’ve got three beginner snowboard tips to prepare you for your first day of riding. These tips are going to set up up to make the most of your first day and help you to avoid some common first day problems.
The first tip is to figure out if you’re a regular or goofy rider. Regular means going down the hill with your left foot first, and goofy means going down the hill with your right foot first. It’s also the foot you’ll keep strapped into your board while skating and getting off the chairlift. This is important to know a head of time so you can properly setup your snowboard stance. Or if you’re renting a board that you get the proper setup from the rental shop. There are few ways you can figure out which one is your front foot. You can slide across the snow, or across your kitchen floor, it’s the foot you would kick something with, or get a friend to push you from behind and see which foot your put out first.
The second beginner snowboard tip is to get into an exercise routine. On your first day snowboarding you spend a lot of time sitting in the snow trying to stand up. Squats, push ups and sit ups are three basic exercises which can really help make this easier. Push ups will definitely help for standing up on your toe edge. And sit ups and squats will help for standing up on your heel edge. An exercise routine will also help you to recover faster after your first day and enable you to do multiple days of snowboarding. This is where you can build off what you learned the previous day and really progress your riding.
The final beginner snowboard tip is to make a gear list of everything you need for the mountain. There are so many different pieces of equipment from what your wearing, to the snowboard equipment and safety gear. Whether you’re getting your gear brand new, borrowing from a friend, or renting for the day, you really need every piece. Talk to friends or someone from a local snowboard shop to make sure you have everything you need. If you get to the mountain and you find out you’ve still forgotten something, the lost and found is a great place to borrow something from.
I hope these three tips will help prepare you for your first day riding. Check out the beginner snowboard playlist for more tips. If you still have question you can leave them in the comment section. Thanks for watching guys and I’ll see ya in the next video!
3 Skills to Improve Beginner Snowboard Turns
In this video I’m going to give you three skills which will take your beginner snowboard turns to the next level. These skills will allow you to ride with more speed, stay in better control and ride with more a rhythm.
The first skill is to start spaying snow out the side of each turn. Spraying snow will help you to control yours speed early in the turn. When you’re a beginner you turn your board completely sideways and spray snow downhill at the end of the turn. To spray snow out the side get your board on edge early, and put pressure on your edge to spay the snow. Each time you spray snow out the side you’ll be controlling your speed and your board will stay pointed downhill.
The second skill is to steer your board faster. This will allow you to make smaller turns, which you need on more advanced runs. When your a beginner you steer your board gradually, which is only good on easy runs. To steer your board faster use your front knee. Turn your knee in for your toe turn, and turn your knee out for the heel turn. Your back hand also helps to steer your board. For the heel turn your back hand comes forward, and on your toe turn pull your hand backward, keeping your hand over snowboards tail. *In all my years of teaching I find that pulling your hand back is one of the most useful tools for steering at all levels. Using your back hand to steer will also keep your upper body square to your snowboard, which is the best way to stay balanced over your board.
The third skill is to create a rhythm in your turns. This will ensure that you’re controlling your speed equally on your heels and toes. When you’re just beginning your turns are very stop and start and it’s hard to create any type of rhythm. The easiest way I find to create a rhythm is to simply count to three in your head as you turn. By counting to three you’ll know when to start, finish and set up the next turn. After counting in your head for a few runs, your turns will be even and you won’t need to count anymore.
So good luck adding these three skills into your riding! If you have any question feel free to leave them in the comment section. If you want any feedback on your turns you can connect with me on Instagram and tag me in a 15 second Instagram video of you turning with the #mysnowboardturns. Give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful. Thanks as always for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video!
Beginner Snowboard Playlist
The beginner snowboard playlist will prepare you for your first day of snowboarding. These videos will give you some tools to prepare for your fist day snowboarding and help you progress your riding past the beginner stage. When you're fist learning to snowboard take your time and learn at your own pace. Set reasonable goals that your can achieve and will keep you progressing each day. Snowboard with a friend and find someone who can give you a hand through any challenges. If you have any questions or video requests on beginner snowboard topics you can leave them in the comment area. Once you've mastered the beginner snowboard playlist you can move onto the trick and freeride playlists, where you can learn more advanced snowboarding skills! Thanks for watching and remember to subscribe for more videos!
10 Snowboarding Tricks to Learn First – Tutorial Video
In this video I’m going to give you a list of the first ten snowboarding tricks to learn on your snowboard. These snowboarding tricks are in order and each trick will teach you a skill that you’ll use in the next trick on the list. When practicing these tricks safety is the biggest priority, so make sure the landing is clear of other riders.
The first trick you need to learn on your snowboard is how to press. By pressing you’ll learn how to move your weight around and flex your board. Pressing down a run will challenge your balance as you pick up speed while you’re in the press.
Next your want to learn to Ollie. Practice ollies around the mountain to get comfortable in the air, which will prepare you for jumps in the park. Use the same skills as the press to move your weight back over your tail and spring yourself into the air.
Before heading to the park you want to learn to spin 180’s. The 180 will challenge you to use your edges, teach you how to create rotation, and make you land switch. Start with front 180’s because you can see the takeoff and landing the entire time. Then move onto back 180’s which can be easier because you’re jumping from your toe edge, but can be more difficult at the same time because the landing is blind.
Combine your pressing and 180 skills together to do a butter nose roll. This is another fun trick for outside the park and can be done almost anywhere on the run. Butter tricks in general are a lot of fun to learn and challenge your balance and body awareness!
Now that you have five strong tricks mastered outside the park it’s time to learn a trick on a small jump. Make sure you’re confident with your straight air before trying any tricks. The first trick to learn is an Indy Grab. Indy grabs are very straight forward, bending your knees and reaching your back hand straight down to grab your board.
The flat box is another popular terrain park feature and the first trick to learn on it, is a 5050. The 5050 will teach you how it feels to slide across the plastic of the box. T be successful at 5050’s, use the speed and balanced you’ve learned from doing previous ground tricks.
Next, learn how to frontside shifty on a jump. With the shifty you’re learning how to twist your body in the air. This is a skill that’s used a lot for landing 180’s and 360’s off jumps. The twisting motion is a skill which is also used in the next trick, the Backside Boardslide.
The Back boardslide is a challenging trick because you have to keep your weight centered as you slide sideways across the box. As you get more comfortable with this trick you can start to add your own style to it.
Once you have a few snowboarding tricks down on flat boxes and small jumps head back outside the park to learn front 360’s. The front 3 is a great goal to have for your first season of learning tricks. You’ll use all the skills you’ve learned in previous tricks to spin faster, jump higher and stay balanced to get the 360 around.
To get started, make a snowboarding tricks list and work through these snowboarding tricks one at a time. If you need help with any of these tricks make a 15 second instagram video of the trick you’re working on and use #mytricklist and tag @snowboardprocamp and I’ll give you some feedback on the trick. For video’s to help you learn all these tricks you can check out the trick playlist. Or if you’re not quiet ready check out the “5 Skills Video” which will prepare you to learn jumps and tricks.
How to Turn on a Snowboard – Tutorial Video
In this video I’m going to teach you how to turn on a snowboard. Turning is the ultimate goal when learning to snowboard, because it gets you around the mountain and helps you to control your speed. To make learning this easy I’m going to break down turning in three very clear steps and give you the two keys to success.
Let’s start by focusing on the three steps to the heel turn.
The first step is to set up the turn. Set up the turn by controlling your speed on your toe edge. This will keep you from going into the turn with too much speed. From here you’ll also be able to plan out and visualize the turn. Make sure you’re balanced over your board with your knees bent back straight and hands at your sides.
Next you want to let your board run straight down the slope. To do this you need to put more weight over your front foot. Bend your front leg more or reach your hand toward the snow to get your weight forward. At the same time look and point your front hand downhill. As your board starts to go straight you can take the pressure off your toe edge and let your board run flat.
With your snowboard running straight and flat it’s time to turn and control your speed. To turn you need to look and turn your upper body to face the bottom of the run. Your lower body and board will follow your upper body. At the same time you want to put pressure on your heel edge control your speed. The timing for this is important, turning your board and pressing your heel edge at the same time so your board slides around nice and smooth.
For the toe turn start by controlling your speed on you heel edge, visualize your turn and make sure you balanced over your board.
Let you board run straight down the hill by putting more weight over your front foot, look and point your front hand downhill, take the pressure off your heel edge and let your board run flat.
Turn and control your speed by looking and facing the top the slope, at the same time pressure your toe edge to control your speed and set up the next turn.
To set yourself up for success make sure you pick a good beginner area to practice your turns. You’ll know you’re in the right spot when your board doesn’t pick up much speed when you go straight. You also want to practice lots of heel and toe sliding. Heel and toe sliding is key because it’s what sets the turn up and controls your speed at the end.
So, good luck learning how to turn on a snowboard guys! If you found this video helpful remember to give it a thumbs up. Share it with any friends who are learning to snowboard. Leave any questions in the comment area below. Check out the beginner playlist for more tips. Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video.
How to Snowboard – 10 Beginner Skills Video
Learn how to snowboard with these 10 beginner skills for your first day. These beginner snowboarding skills are going to help you get around the mountain, go down your first run and prepare you for the chairlift. Everyone learns how to snowboard at their own pace, so it’s fine if you spread these skills over a few days.
The first beginner snowboarding skill your going to learn is how to skate. Skating is how you get around with one foot strapped into your board. This skill will get you to the run and also to and from the chairlift. I prefer to skate with my free foot behind my board, using it to push me across the flat area.
You also need to know how to walk up hills. The best way to walk up a hill is to put your board across the slope and walk with your free foot infront of your board. With each step you take, dig in your toe edge. This will stop your snowboard from sliding downhill.
Now that you can skate and walk up hills it’s time to do some one footed riding. This is a skill that is absolutely necessary for getting off the chairlift. To practice find a very small slope where you point your board straight and ride with your free foot between your bindings. To stop yourself, move your free foot to the edge of your board and drag your heel or toe in the snow.
When you’re ready to go down a small slope the first thing you need to do is strap up both feet. The easiest way to do this is to sit down facing the bottom of the run with the board below you. Strap your board up one foot at a time with your knees bent so you can reach the straps. If you need to put your board down for a second make sure you snowboard is upside down, so it doesn’t slide away.
Once you’re strapped up it time to stand up and start sliding. To stand up start by reaching one hand forward and grabbing your board. Use this hand to pull yourself up, and at the same time push yourself up from behind. If you find this hard, get a friend to help you up the first few times.
Your first time down the slope, you’re just going to be controlling your speed, by sliding on your heel edge. With the heel slide the more you lift your toe edge away from the snow, the more your heel edge will dig in and slow you down. As you slide your body should be balanced over your board with your knees and hip bent, your back fairly straight, with your hands at your sides. To slide back and forth, point and put a little more weight into the direction you want to go.
The next skill for learning how to snowboard is to control your speed on your toe edge, but because we haven’t gotten to turning yet you’ll have to sit down and roll over. The easiest way I find to roll over is to lay back, grab your leg and pull your board over as you roll.
For toe sliding you control your speed by lifting your heel edge away from the snow to slow down, or let your heels get closer to the snow to slide faster. Think of pushing your knees forward into the snow as you slide to help dig your toes in more. Slide back an forth across the hill by looking and pointing in the direction you want to go.
Once you’re confident controlling speed with your heel and toes, it’s time get you board to go straight down the hill. Find a beginner area to try this where you won’t pick up too much speed. To make you snowboard go straight, start by putting more weight over your front foot, at the time point your front hand and shoulder downhill and you back hand and shoulder uphill. With your board going straight you can take the pressure off your boards edge and let you snowboards run flat.
Next step in learning how to snowboard is turning your board and control your speed. Just like you were practicing with the heel and toe sliding, you boards needs to be across the hill and on edge to control your speed. For the toe turn you need to turn and face the top of the slope, at the same time apply pressure to your toe edge. For the heel turn, turn and face the bottom of the slope, and at the same time put pressure your heel edge to turn your board and control your speed.
So I hope this video will give you some skills for learning how to snowboard and prepare you for your first day of riding. Use the hashtag “firstdayriding” to connect with other people learning how to snowboard and to share photos and videos of your experience. Remember to give this video a thumbs up if it helped you out. If you have any question about learning how to snowboard and these ten beginner snowboarding skills you can leave the in the comment section. Check out the beginner snowboard playlist for more tips! Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video!
How to Ride the T-Bar – Beginner Snowboard Tutorial
In this video I’ve got some beginner snowboard tips for riding the t-bar. The t-bar can be intimidating at first, because it’s tough to prepare for and you’ve got a line of people watching you. To make sure you’re successful on your first t-bar attempt I’ll break down each step of riding the t-bar, show you the one trick that will help you prepare for it and I’ll give you a list of common mistakes that you want to avoid to stay safe.
To start, skate up to the loading area. Get ready with your board pointed up hill and look for the t-bar to come. The lifty will grab the t-bar and guide it to you, either behind your front leg or if you prefer behind you back leg. Grab the t-bar firmly and place your back foot on the center of your board. Put a bit more weight on your back foot to counter the t-bar pulling you forward.
As you ride the t-bar hold on firmly with both hands. Keep your back straight and your knees bent, with a bit more over your weight over your back foot. Watch the terrain ahead of you for uneven areas or dips in the snow that can throw off your balance. Keep your back foot on the center of you board, pushed against your back binding. The steeper the hill gets the more you’ll have to lean your weight back to counter.
As you reach the end get ready to slide the t-bar away from you and let go. Guide the t-bar to where it needs to go, then turn your board and skate away.
The trick to being successful on your first t-bar attempt is to prepare by practice your one footed riding . Find an area to practice that’s fairly flat and not too busy. Practice riding straight with your back foot in the center of your board and your weight balanced. This is the same position you’ll be in on the t-bar. Turn your board from left to right by applying more pressure to your toe or heel edge. Drag your toe or heel in the snow to come to a stop. You’ll be ready for the t-bar when you’re confident with these one footed skills.