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How to Improve Balance for Snowboarding

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Q: How can I improve my balance for snowboarding? 

A: There are a couple things you can do to improve your balance. The first is to work on balancing your strength by training your legs with unilateral movements, or exercises that work your legs individually, such as split squats, lateral lunges, single-leg squats, and single-leg Romanian deadlifts. Check out the videos below for examples:

Romanian Deadlift - 1 Leg

Split Squat - Dumbbells

 Lateral Lunge - Dumbbell

Single Leg Squat

These movements strengthen each leg individually, but they also improve the overall strength of your legs together to give you better stability and control on the board.

That’s more of a big-picture strategy for improving balance with your training, but don’t forget to pay attention to the finer points of your movement, as well. When you’re riding or training, think about keeping your big toe down. I know this may seem like an insignificant detail, but your big toe actually has a major impact on your balance and performance.

You want your weight balanced over the middle of your foot’s arch. When your big toe is down and engaged with the floor, it helps maintain your arch, which keeps your body balanced. Aligning yourself properly at the feet also has a positive effect that extends all the way up your body, ultimately making it easier for you to stay strong and balanced when you ride.

About The Author

Craig Friedman – Craig Friedman is the vice president of the performance innovation team at EXOS. He designs and implements performance training systems for professional athletes in all sports as well as elite youth and college athletes.

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Tags: Balance, Outdoor Recreation, Glutes, Hamstrings, Snowboarding, Lower Body, Stability, Quadriceps, Q&A

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