Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Myth #6

Myth #6 - “Working out can't help me ski/snowboard better?”

While working out is NOT necessary to be a great skier/rider...it most certainly can't hurt! One of my coaches once said that "We will NEVER lose a game due to conditioning...or better yet, a lack of conditioning!" The same hold true for our passion for the slopes. If a lack of conditioning is limiting your abilities on the slopes, then your potential is being restricted!

Let's face it, the demands of the mountain are physically challenging (remember the soreness the first few times you head out every season?). We came up with a list of 6 Physical Requirements for a Skier/Rider (http://snotrainer.blogspot.com/2008/11/skisnowboard-training-and-myths-just.html) that your body needs to do in order to make your way around the mountain. Now, the better one can perform these requirements, the better one can perform ALL TASKS on the slopes.

Since there is a lot of technique that goes into our snow sport of choice, think about IF your technique is suffering DUE TO a lack of physical conditioning. Training the 6 Physical Requirements will allow your body to accept the technique your are trying to learn - whether it is self taught or through professional instruction.

What if you are already a high level skier/rider....can conditioning benefit you? Even if you are proficient with your technique and you can handle whatever the mountain throws in front of you....you too may enhance your movement machinery. Even finely tuned race cars get tuned over and over again, always striving for extra edge against their competitors. Think about Olympic caliber athletes, they spend countless hours in the gym and conditioning throughout the year in hopes of the standing on the podium.

Lastly, I don't know about you guys but I plan on being able to enjoy snowboarding for many years to come. By training with a purpose in mind (the winter festivities), you may hopefully reap the benefits not just on the slopes but in other areas of your life. This is due to the other "side effects" like an improved cardiovascular system, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, etc. Investing in your health and fitness can help you enjoy the mountain with family and friends for many more years. Maybe that's why Ponce de Leon never found the fountain of youth....he never went to the mountains!


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