Simply the best: Exercises for Skiing and Snowboarding

Wake Boarding and water skiing

Balance, strength, endurance and more

The Ultimate Guide

You can leave the first tracks in fresh powder this winter at your favorite ski park or slope(s) if you:

  • Work them legs

  • Get after it

  • Engage our core muscles

and have a blast at the same time

Disclaimer: a lot of articles promise great snowboarding exercises but deliver just basic (and boring) exercise stuff.  This article will cover (briefly) many of the best snow sports exercises that exist.

So grab a cup of hot chocolate / coffee /tea, get stoked, and…

Lets get started:

Answering some of the most…

…common questions

Q. What muscles does snowboarding workout?

  1. 85% legs

  2. 15% other stuff (it works your arms a lot more if you keep falling down)

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How to get fit for skiing and snowboarding

So it's awesome


Planning on hitting the slopes this winter?

Here are the top exercises for getting snow ready.

Doing these exercises for two or more weeks before the snow falls will make the trip more fun.

Let's

Get

Started!

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Leg strength Exercises

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q. How do you get in shape for snowboarding?

  1. Strengthen the legs

  2. Develop lots of endurance in the legs

  3. Strengthen the core

  4. Build up agility

  5. Train balance (so we fall down less)

  6. Train them arms (for when we do fall down)

  7. Train the arms to make it a breeze to get up from the ground

  8. To the pro exercises


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Leg Endurance

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These exercises increase leg endurance

q. Is snowboarding an aerobic exercise?

  1. Yes, and it the more leg endurance we have, the better.

  2. We need a mix of strength, power and endurance to really have a fun time on the slopes.


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Core Exercises

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These exercises strengthen the core in all the ways that we want for skiing and snowboarding

q. What is the best training for snowboarding?

  1. The best training is to work the entire body, starting with the legs

  2. These core exercises are sure to get us into tip top shape for cruising the ski park


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Agility Exercises

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These exercises help our direction changes on the slopes

q. How do you get in shape for snowboarding?

  1. Snowboarding requires lots of direction changes. Agility and balance exercises (such as the ones shown here) are crucial for our success (and fun) on the slopes.


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Balance

Beginner Exercises

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Balance (and fall prevention)

These exercises help prevent falls by improving our balance and reaction speed.

q. Is skiing or snowboarding harder on your knees?

  1. These balance exercises help prevent falls (a common source of knee injuries on the ski runs).


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Arm Strength and Fall Injury Prevention Exercises

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Arm Strength and preventing injuries

These exercises strengthen the arms and help us land easier (when we do fall)

q. How do I get in shape for snowboarding?

  1. Even though snowboarding and skiing are mostly legs strength and endurance sports, we still need to exercise our arms enough to really get after it in the snow.


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Getting up after falling

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Getting up after falLing

These exercises rock the slopes.

q. Is snowboarding difficult to learn?

  1. Everyone learns at a different pace but one thing is certain: we will fall down. A lot. These exercises make that part way more awesome and less awful.


Pro exercises

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Pro Exercises

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Pro exercises

These exercises are Pro.

q. How do I prepare for snowboarding?

  1. These pro exercises help meet the specific demands of skiing and snowboarding.



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Q. How to get (from top)

  1. Do all the right things and none of the wrong things:

Then: Magic!

Summary:

Getting … is a balance between:

  • Good things (like salad)

  • and Bad things (like donuts)

How …. is entirely dependent on how balanced we are with our diet, exercise and lifestyle.

Thanks for reading!



About this page:

Tucked into the mountains of far northern California (in Shasta County), is the city of Redding. This is where Dale Maynor is a personal trainer, teaching group exercise and fitness. Dale can be found on his Facebook fan page or teaching clients and classes at the Shasta Family YMCA, or the City of Redding Parks and Rec, and more.