* How to get started with Snowboard Workout
* 1. Take baby steps and stay in your comfort zone.
* When I first learn how to snowboard with a professional coach, he told me to always
stay in control and stay in my comfort zone. I did not quite listen to him in the following
weeks after the two day class, and the consequence was several hard falls. After I started the
Snowboard Indoor Workout, I learned something new that, our comfort zone actually expands
and improves when we are getting better at the basics. A quote from Michale Jordan saying
that “The minute you get away from fundamentals, the bottom can fall out of your game.” The
same rule applies to Indoor Snowboard Training. Be patient with your body and let it grow
with time. You will have fundamental turn around after enough time of practice and as
long as you stay in the game. You really don’t need to over challenge your self in a day
or a week. After two to three weeks of persistent practice, your body will surprise you with
exciting progress. Your comfort zone will grow and you will get better and better.
* 2. Wear full protection gears. * If you haven’t yet, please view my last
video regarding protective gears. Though I had a whole video explaining the importance
or wearing protective gears, as a responsible adult, I have to babble here again. If you
do not want to spend time and money in the hospital, wear those gears!
* 3. Have enough clearance * The only complain from my wife about me
doing the Indoor Snowboard Workout is that I scratched the sofa and TV stand. As I progress
better in techniques and safety sense, I tend to stay further and further away from those
thing around me. Depending on people’s body size and the size of your board, the clearance
distance may vary. Please have some common sense and keep away from those pricy items
from your home. Meanwhile, make sure there’s nothing sharp around you. If there is any,
make sure to remove them and wrap those sharp furniture corners with foams.
* 4. Train one trick at a time * A very useful tip that I found out is that,
if you really want to speed up a trick. The best way is to practice that single trick
again and again and again, noted, with the correct motion and techniques. Repeating one
trick correctly will reinforce your muscle memory so that when you have mastered the
trick, you don’t need to think about it any more and your body will do as it should
be done. A bad practice is to repeat a single trick without the correct techniques. By doing
this, not only you will waste a lot of time getting to the goal, but also you will memorize
the wrong posture or maneuver which is even hard to correct afterwards. Please note that
incorrect maneuver will also introduce safety risks both indoor and on the mountain.
* 5. Persevere and have fun * Very few people could master all the tricks
in short period of time. And “short” is a subjective term in our life. End of the
day you are doing a workout. If you can’t do the workout of a whole week in a day, you
shouldn’t do all the week’s Indoor Snowboard Workout in a day either. One of the most important
goal of workout is to improve your health. So in the same way, treat the Indoor Snowboard
workout just as a workout, also a fun workout. Everything else will be a bi-product of it.
* 6. Buy a Shoe Dryer: shorturl.at/sx489 * Just like any other workout, you will sweat
and the sweat will soak into your boot and it will stink. Unlike most times when we ride
on the mountain, you could do the Indoor Snowboard Workout much more often than on the mountain,
for most of the people, at least that’s the case for me. I highly recommend to buy
a boot or shoe dryer such as this one I put to the description section. After the workout,
just put the boot for drying for a day. I’ll keep the boot from sticky, as well as reduce
the amount of bacterial contamination. * 7. Use boards with different flex to accelerate
your level up. One of the tricks that helped me dramatically is to use at least one snowboard
at a softer flex. If you are already using a soft flex snowboard, this may not apply
to you. My main board is a flex 7, which in generally is very hard to do butter tricks.
I bought another medium flex snowboard and yet another very soft snowboard when I was
doing the Indoor Snowboard Workout. Turns out that the soft flex board could help me
to get to a technique level so much faster than the stiffer boards. After getting sufficient
muscle memory with the soft snowboard, applying the same technique to the stiffer board became
much easier. Generally I use the stiffer board to train my muscle strength and use the soft
board to learn new techniques. If you have some extra bucks in the pocket or if there’s
a good garage sale next door, you may want to browse around to get a soft board just
for your indoor practice. * 8. Snowboard on a carpet is less forgiving
* If you have done any indoor or outdoor carpet snowboarding you will know that carpet generally
is less forgiving for butter. Not only are they less slippery, but also when you catch
an edge, it is very likely it’ll get stuck very fast and you will fall. Keep this in
mind when you are working out, and expect it’ll be more forgiving when you are actually
on the mountain. This also mean that your rotation will be easier on the mountain. So
make sure to be extra careful on the mountain to void over rotating.
* 9. Practice falling * It is very very important to practice how
to fall, especially if you are at beginner or inter-medium level rider. Falling in the
correct way will prevent you a lot from severe injuries. I’ll put some links in the description
section regarding how to fall safer on the ground both forward and backward. I’d like
to especially mention that, if you fall backwards, try to convert the vertical falling motion
to a rotational motion and try to rotate your body to absorb the force. This technique is
very similar with what people do in combat Tai-Chi. When you workout, spend some time
to practice the falling techniques and try to make it a muscle memory.
* 10. Do not to use your palm or fingers when you fall.
* Try to use your fist instead. This techniques is covered in some of the YouTube videos from
other channels, feel free to check them out. * 11. No need to wax the board.
* This may sound a bit counter intuitive. But my experience is that you really do not
need to wax your snowboard when doing this workout. If you already have you board waxed,
you do NOT need to remove the wax either. The point is that the Indoor Snowboard Workout
does not really require wax or not wax your board. Both waxed and unwaxed boards have
their own advantage and disadvantages for your training. Waxed board may rotate easier,
and unwaxed board may help you to improve your strength in a more effective way. During
the no-snow season, I’d recommend to leave the board un-waxed and keep it unwaxed for
your workout through out the no-snow season. During the snow season, I’d suggest to workout
with the board as is, whenever you plan to go to the mountain, wax the board before you
go to the mountain. * 12. SA training board.
* I do not recommend to use the SA training board for this work out. I have used the SA
training board my self at home. For jumping and park techniques it is indeed an awesome
training tool. However this does not apply as much for butter tricks. After training
with the SA training board for butter and switch back to a real snowboard, the way of
controlling the board feels obviously different. It is indeed much easier to carpet butter
on a SA training board, and yet does not help very much when I switch to a real snowboard.
* If you are interested to know more about Indoor Snowboard Workout, please subscribe
to my HomeDaddy YouTube channel and browse through more videos about this workout. Let’s
get started with the actual workout starting from the next video.
* I’ll see you in the next video.