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  Quote Nate85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Fitness for snowboarding
    Posted: May/06/2012 at 5:31pm
Hey guys

This may be a bit of a strange query but I've never been snowboarding before and will be heading over to new zealand for my first trip!

I've been speaking to a couple of my friends who have been before and they have both mentioned that they were extremely sore after a couple of days. I'll be going for 5 days at least and wondering whether I should do some specific exercises to prepare myself so I can keep going hard at it for all 5 days.

Anyone have anything they would recommend? I've starting doing squats and some other basic stuff but I'd assume it would use very specific muscles, any tips?

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  Quote dvdngu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2012 at 6:24pm
For me, it was my calfs and quads that were sore after the first time I snowboarded ! Sqauts and leg work outs should be fine, as well as a fair bit of conditioning !
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  Quote CLoSeR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2012 at 6:37pm
You can find information using google, there are a number of conditioning exercises you can do which will help. However as you've never snowboarded before there will be muscles you will use on the hill which you won't be able to target beforehand and you'll get sore.. there's no avoiding it.

You'll also be falling over alot.. so expect bruises.. :D

Here are a few exercises I can suggest.

1. Squats
2. Sit Ups
3. Planks - No not the funny one.. See below.
http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/abdominalcorestrength1/qt/plank.htm

Like any new sport, your muscles will condition over time and you'll find it hurts less. Being fit is an advantage.



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  Quote Nate85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2012 at 7:29pm
Yeah I thought I might fall over a bit haha, just trying to prepare myself as much as I can so I don't get as sore as I might otherwise. More enjoyment the less I'm in pain hopefully haha.

Cheers for the ideas!
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  Quote turbo-x Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2012 at 7:42pm
Stretch stretch strecth you must be limber. If not you will pull a muscle and do that on the first day and you trip is done. Also hip pads and helmet I wear both and have been riding for more than 15 years. Trust me they are worth there wieght in gold!!!!!!
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2012 at 7:46pm
As long as you're working out then you won't find yourself feeling horribly sore.  However, to last the day,  you should work heavily on your legs because they will burn!
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  Quote hana24 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2012 at 8:16pm
Oh yeah...legs will hurt while riding up on the lift since you're prob not used to a heavy board strapped to your board at an angle dangling in the wind.  I just noticed this recently because I decided to ride up a lift switch and never realized how my leg got used to having a board strapped to my leg.     

Just condition everything overall.  You're upper body will be sore from pushing yourself up from the ground (pushups will prob help, as well as doing some triceps) and your legs will be sore from crouching.  Unless of course, you pick up quick and don't fall a lot.
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  Quote paulaner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2012 at 4:37am
Hi Nate
Just go out and ride a bike in your street,park,fitnes,try a rowing simulator . You dont need a heavy training.Just move your body and wake up your muscles if you are not practing some kind of sports.And stretching your legs,hands and body before you going to snowboarding - maybe this is the most important part.
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  Quote Nate85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2012 at 2:32pm
Some great tips there, I actually practice Muay Thai & Wing Chun kung fu and stretch a fair bit there, I'm doing squats and situps and some general fitness which I'm hoping will help!

I guess I was worried about very specific muscles that I might be missing, I know for instance that when I first started Wake Boarding I'd get a burning sensation in my back leg which I had to stop after awhile to give it a rest :)
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  Quote UKPowder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/08/2012 at 12:45pm
to be honest if you play sport/go to the gymn regularly you should be fine without any prior conditioning/excercises. if you dont then check the excercises people have already said.

HOWEVER, you MUST stretch for ATLEAST 10 minutes AFTER your day of boarding otherwise you WILL feel shit the day after. just try to stretch every muscle, as pretty much everything is used when ur boarding, and believe me, it will make a huge difference.
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  Quote LeerroooyJenkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/08/2012 at 12:52pm
I agree with those that said calfs and quads, but I think you should focus on your core.  When I get out of snowboarding shape, my back, obliques, and abs are hurting the most.  And for a 5-day trip, straining those areas could really make your trip less fun.  In theory, it should also make it easier for balance, so you can get up to speed quicker.
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  Quote Nate85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/08/2012 at 2:20pm
Thats great! I stretch quite alot already so it wont be a problem to stretch after a full day of boarding, my calfs are in good nick and i'm working on my quads and abs now, with all this in progress hopefully I'll have a good run at it.

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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/08/2012 at 4:55pm
Originally posted by UKPowder

to be honest if you play sport/go to the gymn regularly you should be fine without any prior conditioning/excercises. if you dont then check the excercises people have already said.

HOWEVER, you MUST stretch for ATLEAST 10 minutes AFTER your day of boarding otherwise you WILL feel shit the day after. just try to stretch every muscle, as pretty much everything is used when ur boarding, and believe me, it will make a huge difference.

I think stretching really depends on the person because I never stretch and I still don't get sore after boarding.  I'm even lazy on stretching during my regular workout routines as well.  LOL

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  Quote kimchijajonshim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/08/2012 at 8:30pm
If you're reasonably in shape, I'd say you're probably fine. IMO beginner riding soreness is less from the exertion (although that's an element) and more from the falling. That said, if you're really concerned about it, I'd focus on strengthening the core and your legs.
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  Quote Nate85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/08/2012 at 10:04pm
I guess I was worrying about it a bit much haha, i'm pretty keen to have an absolute blast!
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  Quote kimchijajonshim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/09/2012 at 8:27am
Let me reword that: if you're fit, then you'll be fine as far as physical fatigue. But unless you have a natural knack for snowboarding, you will be sore from falling at least after the first day. I would be very surprised if you're able to go hard all five days.
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  Quote Nate85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/09/2012 at 3:42pm
Yeah I'm pretty sure I'll fall over a fair bit at the start, guess i'll have to focus on falling over properly for a start!
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  Quote bootleg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/09/2012 at 3:46pm
Originally posted by Nate85

I guess I was worrying about it a bit much haha, i'm pretty keen to have an absolute blast!
with all that fun you're going to have in your 5-day trip your legs and muscles are going to tense up to being stiff and cramping down in the calves and shin area depending how hard you ride,just stretch as much as you can before gearing up,more importantly stay hydrated,do take a couple of snacks with you on your breaks or eat a full meal.I myself had a cramping issue with my nerve muscles along down my left leg,for sure i wasn't eating anything before i start riding took care of that getting some potassium in the system,jog 5-10 mins before you ride or if the hotel you're staying has a small gym where you can work out your thigh and legs on a stationary bike.
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  Quote Nate85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/09/2012 at 4:32pm
Good tip, I think the place we're staying at would have a treadmill at least. Get some blood flowing. My mates wanted to have a big couple of nights on the drink, think I'll focus more on sleeping and getting up feeling damn good for the day heh.
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Originally posted by LeerroooyJenkins

I agree with those that said calfs and quads, but I think you should focus on your core.  When I get out of snowboarding shape, my back, obliques, and abs are hurting the most.  And for a 5-day trip, straining those areas could really make your trip less fun.  In theory, it should also make it easier for balance, so you can get up to speed quicker.
^This. If your core is not used to twisting hard and fast, you may be incredibly sore the next day. Obliques are key. I know you're new to boarding, but once you start doing spins (or just carving hard) you're going to want your core to be strong, or 2+ consecutive days may be really uncomfortable.
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  Quote screwyvarmint Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2012 at 11:18pm
In addition to all the exercise suggestions above, be sure to be fully hydrated and get a lot of potassium in ya: bananas, coconut water, avocados and oranges.  Ibuprofen is helpful too.
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  Quote evo180sx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/12/2012 at 1:27am
Go to gym at least 4 weeks before your snow session. Mainly leg workouts if this is your first time or after the first day your legs will be gone.

squats (The most important) , leg press, calf raises, leg extensions.

Core strength is important, do leg raises and side to side sit ups holding weight at your chest.

Do some cardio too, help with fitness level as you will tire quickly.
plus good nutrition and water (should be doing this all the time anyway).
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  Quote yames97 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/12/2012 at 1:37am
hey man. it sounds cool that your coming to nz.
i not a good snowboarder but i can say for sure that
snowboarding isnt that hard specily if you are going up to
mountin 5 days in law. first two days you will have extremely sore hips but after that u will be alright.

ps : i dont think u need much exercise for it, if you are really worried than do some squats
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  Quote MTpow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/12/2012 at 6:03am
Originally posted by yames97

hey man. it sounds cool that your coming to nz.
i not a good snowboarder but i can say for sure that
snowboarding isnt that hard specily if you are going up to
mountin 5 days in law. first two days you will have extremely sore hips but after that u will be alright.

ps : i dont think u need much exercise for it, if you are really worried than do some squats

are you drunk?

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  Quote Nate85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/13/2012 at 2:55pm
Originally posted by MTpow

Originally posted by yames97

hey man. it sounds cool that your coming to nz.
i not a good snowboarder but i can say for sure that
snowboarding isnt that hard specily if you are going up to
mountin 5 days in law. first two days you will have extremely sore hips but after that u will be alright.

ps : i dont think u need much exercise for it, if you are really worried than do some squats

are you drunk?

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