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How To Snowboard Like A Freak – 4 Tips For Becoming A Dangerous Rider
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How to Snowboard Like A Freak – 4 Tips For Becoming A Dangerous Rider

Yea, snowboarding is something else. There’s nothing that’s like it anywhere else on this world. Or in other worlds for that matter. Snowboarding is freedom, power, glory, and exhilaration. Snowboarding is lively, electrifying, exciting and invigorating. Snowboarding is … yes, I can go on and on and on, but I’m sure you get the point. So why am I here? I’m here to help you figure out how to snowboard if you’re still trying to get your feet wet, or to help you figure out how to snowboard even wilder if you have already been in it for a while. So let’s talk about some ways that will help you improve your ride.

1. Fitness:

Snowboarding is a real sport. How to snowboard like a pro might seem easy on TV, but it’s not. You must be muscularly fit in order to become a better snowboarder. Snowboarding involves heavy use of leg and abdominal muscles and therefore you must perform strength training on those muscle groups if you want to improve your ride and learn how to snowboard better.

Some of the best exercises to perform are squats, deadlifts, hamstring curls, and crunches. Much work gets done on your legs when you ride, so stronger leg muscles are key to giving you better control.

2. Agility:

Merely standing on a board sliding down the mountain at near freefall speed (about 120+mph) doesn’t seem to require much agility, right? Sure doesn’t. So who needs agility then when trying to learn how to snowboard? Well, you need agility to make sure you don’t reach freefall speed, or to make sure that you have at least some form of control in case you do. Agility helps you maintain control. Agility helps you manage your speed, whether high or low, and enjoy your ride. Agility prevents you from becoming a 120mph mountain projectile on a crash-trajectory. That’s why you need agility.

Agility is about quick reflex motions. Some of the best exercises for agility are Lateral Plyometric Jumps. Most athletes focus on forward motion, but agility requires lateral motion training. Put in time to practice your lateral jumps to learn how to snowboard better and watch your ride take off.

3. Mental Training:

Snowboarding takes guts. It takes guts from when you begin learning how to snowboard on the bunny slopes all the way until you’re all grown up and trying to figure out how to snowboard the double-diamond back-bowls. It never ceases to take guts, and this statement is both figurative and literal.

Today’s top performance athletes use mental performance strategies from sports psychology to improve their game and learn how to snowboard more wickedly. Mental training allows you to acquire and maintain focus, push all boundaries, and become fearless.

4. Protection:

This one is big, so please pay attention. Yes, I know it makes you feel like a wussy, but please wear body protection both when you’re learning how to snowboard for the first time and when you’re more experienced. If you think it’s more macho to go riding with just a beanie on, you should know that there’s nothing cool about suffering a high-speed fall on your head, sustaining brain damage, and turning into a retard. There’s nothing cool about falling on an outstretched hand (also known as “F.O.O.S.H.”), breaking a wrist or forearm, and requiring surgery with plates and screws to get it fixed. And oh how about the joys of an external wound where your broken bone, wherever it may be, not only breaks internally, but also decides to pierce through your skin and exit your body as a mighty proof of your overflowing manliness.

It’s very easy to think you’re invincible when you first start learning how to snowboard and have not experienced the misfortune of a bodily injury. But if you want to continue to enjoy the sport, you must know that nobody’s invincible and that anybody can get injured, including very serious or debilitating injuries, without ever seeing it coming. That’s why wearing body protection is very prudent, if not life-saving. Invest in a quality helmet, wrist guards, and tailbone protection or impact shorts. Heck, even go for elbow and knee caps while you’re at it. Least they do is help ease the pain of sitting down on your knees. This will make it much easier for you to take your learning of how to snowboard to subsequent levels and become a better rider.

Street Talk

The risk of wrist injury is the reason I have stayed on my skis. I write and play guitar, which I can do on broken legs, but not broken arms!

  about 1 decade ago
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