Snowboard Dryland Training

Snowboard Dryland Training
Staying in shape is essential for any serious snowboarder, but many athletes don't have year-round access to snowy slopes. If you need to find a way to stay in shape during dry months, consider a training program that will have your core and essential muscles in shape and ready when snowboarding season arrives.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Keep your muscles strong with regular weight lifting. Do daily push-ups and sit-ups, and focus your weight training on your legs, back and core (abdomen) muscles.
Step 2
Build your cardiovascular strength and endurance with long runs on paved paths and off-road trails and stair drills, including stair running and hopping.
Step 3
Do periodic plyometric drills, which help build reaction timing and explosive muscle strength essential to snowboarding. This includes cone drills, hurdles, jump rope and box jumps. Start with a box about one foot tall and jump on with both feet, then off. Do this 30 to 40 times at once, rest, then repeat.
Step 4
Use a Swiss ball or other weighted ball to exercise your core muscles. Hold the ball during sit-ups or lift it over your sternum from left to right while in a reclined position. You can also do leg lifts by holding the ball between your ankles.

Tips & Warnings

Always warm up before working out. This limbers your muscles and reduces the risk of injury.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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