I cover A LOT of different areas of snowboarding on this blog. There’s been over a year’s worth of daily snowboard tips on this blog in every topic imaginable.
Sometimes, I’ll give advice totally opposite topics that may contradict each other. For instance, I might talk about how awesome mental training is for your progress, then in the next blog talk about how fast you can progress with just on hill physical training techniques.
So what do you focus on if they’re opposite types of training? This is how you do it to see the fastest progress in your snowboarding.
Finding that sweet spot by balancing your snowboarding
It’s all about balance. There’s no one single training method trick that you can concentrate on that will take you from beginner up to pro snowboarder by just doing that one aspect of snowboard training.
For example, if you train yourself incredibly well mentally by master the art of figuring out and walking yourself through new tricks in your head, there are still many tricks that you can’t master without feeling them out by executing them on the slopes.
Think of snowboard training like learning maths. You don’t just learn addition and call it a day. There’s subtraction and multiplication and division and so many other areas to learn.
Likewise, snowboarding is broken up to hundreds of little training areas.
Here are just some examples of different training types:
- Mental vs physical
- On-hill vs off-hill
- Strength vs flexibility
- Group vs solo
You can’t just focus on one side. For example, if you were to workout and focus on pure strength, while neglecting to work on your flexibility, you’ll have great explosive power on the hill, but find yourself unable to do most freestyle grabs.
Train evenly, that’s where the sweet spot lies.
Ride with your friends to push you, but ride solo to focus your training. Train your mental snowboarding, but don’t forget to physically go out and practice. Get flexible, but don’t forget to train your muscles.
The benefit of training inside the ‘sweet spot’
Just like everything else in this world, it’s all about balance if you want to progress fast. Each area is connected and training one area will help you in another area.
So if you were to work on picturing and mentally de-constructing each trick in your head, you’ll benefit physically by having a better idea of how you need to move your body to land the trick.
If you train off the hill by going to the gym regularly, you have more energy on the slopes and the quality of your time on the hill goes up.
Everything is interconnected and if you want to become a kickass snowboarder, you’ll find that evenly training each different area of your snowboarding will give you huge benefits to your overall riding.