Why People Get Stuck With Slow Progress After Their Snowboard Lesson

Snowboard lessons are expensive. A good, full day lesson in a mixed class will run you $100+ per day at most resorts… let’s not even mention private lesson rates that are far more expensive.

That’s why it’s such a shame that I see so many people take their lesson, make good progress, then immediately go back to very slow, sluggish progress after their lesson.

The one thing most people do after their lesson…

What people do:

  1. Take a lesson
  2. Do drills and training exercises with the instructor
  3. Finish lesson
  4. Go back to whatever snowboarding they were doing before the lesson

Unfortunately, people listen and do the instructor’s drills during the lesson, but after the lesson ends the learning stops. There’s no practice of what the instructor taught them and there’s no repeating of any of the lesson drills.

What they should be doing is repeating the same exercises the instructor did with them. It’s not some exclusive instructor only training drill, everyone is welcome to do those drills outside of lesson time.

What people should be doing:

  1. Take a lesson
  2. Do drills and training exercises with the instructor
  3. Take note of the exercises and remember how to do them
  4. Finish lesson
  5. Continue doing the exercises on their own

Lessons are amazing, but you don’t become a good snowboarder from lessons alone unless you’re absurdly rich.

Heck, even in private snowboard camps that lasted 12 weeks+, I saw huge differences between fellow campers who started at the same level, but never practiced outside of lesson time and other campers who practiced the training drills during their own time.

Take it from me, someone who’s spent $15k+ in lessons and private camps, you get 100 times more progress if you use lessons as a tool to learn what you need to practice.

The lessons aren’t designed to be your main method of progression, instead, they’re more useful as a guide that tells you “Hey, this is what you need to be doing on your own if you want to become a kickass snowboarder.”

Think of a snowboard lesson like this: You just paid some guy $100-$500 to tell you what you need to do to become a good snowboarder. You can either use what he told you or not.

- Jed

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Comments

  1. The level of your skill is directly proportionate to the level of consistency of your practice sessions. The speed of progress, therefore, depends on the amount of reinforcement you need to impose on yourself in order to continue to do the exercises learnt from the instructor and to add new exercises as you progress.

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