Bad Habits on a Snowboard
Many snowboarders have bad habits that ultimately prevent them from progressing and becoming more awesome on the mountain. There are 3 common mistakes and bad habits that are a serious barrier to insane shred and progression. The 3 bad habits are:
- Bending in the waist and in the back
- Too much weight on either one of the feet
- Frozen riding position
Don't Ride Like This
Bending in the waist and in the back
If you bend in the waist and in the back you move your weight outside of the center of your board. This is a problem if you hit different surfaces and features on the mountain - for example icy slopes, boxes, rails and jumps. If you try to ride here and experience that you get out of balance and/or your board slips out underneath you, it is likely that your upper body isn’t aligned correctly. The correct way to position your upper body is to keep your back straight and bend in the knees and hips. Checkout the video above to see how you can improve your stance!
Don't Ride With Your Weight Too Far To One Side
To much weight on either one of the feet, instead of both
Riding different terrain requires different stance. Therefore having too much weight on either one of the feet is a problem, because it limits your ability to adapt. For example if you have to much weight on your front foot and move into powder (where you need more weight on your back foot) you will have trouble adapting. Moving into buttering, jibbing and jumping you need to be able to switch up your weight, as you want more stability and style – therefore it is vitally important to work on a balanced stance with equal weight on both feet. In the video above several fun and challenging exercises are introduced that will make you a better rider.
Don't Ride Like A Statue
Frozen riding position
When you have a frozen riding position on a snowboard you are not able to move around, shift your weight and adapt to changing slope conditions. You might be able to make due while riding on groomers, but if the surface change to slush or ice you will get into trouble. Furthermore if you want to progress to riding powder and park you need to be able to switch up your balance and stance. The video above shows you how to move around on your snowboard to test, challenge and improve your balance and stance.
It is very important that you Ride with your weight over the center of your board bending at the knees and hips (not bending in the waist and in the back). Force yourself to move around on the board and experimenting with stance. Continuously train your balance and improve your overall abilities as a rider. If you want to watch the full length video plus even more sign up to our Streaming Membership or Download Program.
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