So the other day I was talking to a friend and we started talking about the snowboard video training I released recently (Snowboard Trick Secrets) and we were talking about snowboard progression.
I thought I’d share his take on how snowboard progression works because it’s both true and mildly amusing:
Snowboard progression is like beating your head against a wall until you poke a huge hole in it and find a diamond in the wall.
I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous his example sounded. I have no idea where he came up with that ridiculous analogy… however, it does make sense in it’s own weird and strange way.
1) It won’t be easy at first
At the start, learning a new trick will feel hard and you’ll feel like you’re beating your head against a wall. Everything feels awkward, nothing makes sense and you have no idea how the guy showing you how to do things is doing it so easily.
Not to mention you’re crashing and falling all over the place.
2) You’ll have a period of ‘is this working?’
The thing about training your snowboard muscle memory is it takes time to click. Like beating your head against a wall, it’s going to take time to break through to the other side.
It doesn’t happen overnight. It happens bit by bit as you fix and work on one aspect of your snowboarding at a time.
3) You have sudden breakthroughs
It’s funny how you’ll be trying a trick like you always do and practicing away at the technique and suddenly one day things just start to click.
That’s like finding your diamond in the wall (that sounds even weirder to repeat). That diamond is when all that work and practice pays off and you finally get that trick to click together.
Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of stuff that happens between the start and the end, and that’s what my snowboard course was made to cover, but knowing is half the battle.
Know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that if you keep working on it one step at a time you will get it to click.
I know things can get rough sometimes, especially when you feel you aren’t seeing any progress, but keep pushing through and finding your mistakes and fixing them.
Bit by bit you’ll hit on through to the other side and get your payday when you finally stomp that trick down.
ps: and hopefully you have a really hard head…