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How to Snowboard Like a Pro - What Makes a Better Rider?

March 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

Snowboarding is like nothing else. It is liveliness, excitement, and invigoration. It is powerful and liberating. And there are ways to help you enjoy it even more.

Whether you're starting to learn how to snowboard or whether you're trying to learn how to snowboard better, there are some areas of practice that you must explore in order to improve your ride. Here we discuss some of these important practice areas.

1. Impact Protection:

Impact protection is essential. Impact protection will save your life. Nothing's glorious about falling over your head, suffering brain damage, and becoming retarded, all while still in your first few lessons of how to snowboard. Nothing's glorious about falling on an open hand, breaking your forearm or wrist, and needing plates and screws installed during a surgery to get the fracture fixed. And the worst part of all is when a bone fracture decides that it won't just break internally and quietly, but will pierce your skin and stick out of your body as a testament to your major testosterone.

As easy as it is to have the illusion that you are invincible when you are first learning how to snowboard and haven't experienced the misfortune of an accident resulting in injury, you must take the wise approach and understand that no one's invincible. For this reason, body impact protection is the smart thing to count on while riding. The main staples of body protection are a good helmet, tailbone protection or impact shorts, and wrist guards. Other helpful body protection gear includes elbow and knee caps, as well as full upper body armor.

2. Mental Training:

Snowboarding takes courage, not recklessness. It takes courage from the time one starts to learn how to snowboard on the bunny slopes until one grows up and attempts to learn how to snowboard the ugly back-bowls.. That's why strategies of mental performance gained from sports psychology can be a major source of help for a rider to improve their skills in learning how to snowboard better.

3. Body Fitness:

As a grueling sport, snowboarding requires total muscular fitness for best performance. Heavy uses of abdominal and leg muscles are involved while riding and that's why anybody trying to learn how to snowboard must understand that strength training is an essential part of becoming a better rider.

Exercises like the deadlift, squat, crunches, and hamstring curls are the most important as they target the muscle groups mostly in use while riding.

4. Agility:

Who needs agility while learning how to snowboard if you just stand on a board and slide down the mountain? Well, you should know that you don't just stand on a board and slide down. You must know how to navigate that board. You must know how to turn and stop on tight trails, where your maneuverability is harder. Moreover, if you want to be able to further your riding enjoyment by performing acrobatics, well that's a whole other story on why you need to be agile. Bottom line is, agility is a quality you need to have if you are to learn how to snowboard like a good amateur, or how to snowboard like a pro.

The training programs of most athletes consist of exercises based on forward motion. Agility is about quick reflex in the lateral or "sideways" direction. One of the best exercises for snowboarding agility is lateral plyometric jumps. Spend the time practicing those jumps and you will take your ride to the next level.

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