How does conditioning for skiing and snowboarding differ?
How is weight training for snowboarding different from weight training for skiing? Anne Davis Boulder, Colorado
You train for skiing with lots of squats. You train for snowboarding by bugging your Mom for more SoBe. (Does joking about snowboarders make me sound old? Because I am.)
Anyways, the key difference between the two sports is the lateral (side-to-side) shifting on skis and the sagittal (front-to-back) shifting on snowboards. Both require a strong core and quad-hip complex, so squatting and lunging reps will help for either sport.
Holding a boat pose will also help build hip control: For this, sit upright on the floor, lift your legs, extend your arms forward, and lean back to let your body form a V, all while keeping your lower back rigid. Calf presses will help build your forward-leaning strength.
Also, don’t forget plyometrics. Paste a tape line on a carpeted floor, stand with your toes facing it, and, using both legs, do forward and back hops, five to a set, three sets. You can also train for snowboarding standing on Bongo and other balance boards.