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How To Warm Up For A Day's Snowboarding

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We have teamed up with JP FOK of FOK Fitness to create a on-hill warmup that you can use before you shred. The warm up is designed to be quick, fun, simple and easy. It will improve your balance and make you a better rider. Some of the skills used in the warm up can be challenging at first. If you fall down, get back up. As long as you get back up and try again, you will get better. 


(Narrating/Riders: Nev Lapwood and JP Fok)

Warm ups are designed for any activity to get your heart rate up and your blood flowing to your muscles getting them ready for activity. These warm ups are designed specifically for snowboarding to test your skills and challenge you on your board. These exercises are designed to be done in order. If you don't know how to do any of the trick based exercises, check out our other tutorials for more tips.

Trick Tip: open up your vents, to release excess heat.

Leg Swings

1. Grab your board and stick the tail into the ground so that the board is standing up straight.

2. Grab the tip of your board with both hands, for balance.

3. Swing your right leg back and forth 5 times. Switch to your direction and swing your leg side ways.

4. Switch legs, and repeat.

Arm Circles

This will warm up the muscles of the shoulders and also get blood flowing to the hands and fingers

1. Swing your arms forwards 10 times, slow and in control.

2. swing your arms backwards 10 times, slow and in control.

Body Stretch

Body Stretch
Push your chest out and try to touch your shoulder blades.

1. Strap into your board and kneel down in the snow.

2. Grab the heel edge of your board with both hands behind you.

3. Push your torso outwards and hold for 10 seconds. This will lengthen the front muscles of your body.

Toe Edge Hop

This drill is designed to develop balance on your edges and warming up your legs for jumping at the same time.

1. Get into your riding stance, and lean forward on your toe edge

2. Start with a small hop, and hop a little bit higher each time. Do this 10 times.

Back Stretch

Back Stretch
You will feel the burn with this one, but it's a good thing.

1. Reach down and grab your toe edge.

2. Extend your legs to stretch your back and hamstrings. Hold for 10 seconds.

Heel Edge Hop

1. Get into your riding stance, and lean backwards on your heel edge

2. Start with a small hop and hop a bit higher each time. Do this 10 times.

Ollie

1. Do 4 Ollies by loading your weight off the tail of your board, springing up, bring both legs up and land flat (bolts) on both feet.

Nollies

1. Do 4 Nollies by loading your weight off the nose of your board, springing up, bring both legs up and land flat (bolts) on both feet.

Tail Press

Tail Press
Don't let your back knee drop into the middle of your board.

1. Pop into a Tail Press position.

2. Balance over your tail and keep your body, hips and knees stacked over top of the board for a few seconds. Pop out and land bolts. 

3. Do this 4 times.

Nose Press

Nose Press
Don't left you front knee drop into the middle of your board.

1. Pop into a Nose Press position.

2. Balance over your nose and keep your body, hips and knees stacked over top of the board for a few seconds. Pop out and land bolts. 

3. Do this 4 times.

Tail and Nose Hops

1. Hop back and forth between your Tail press position to your Nose press position.

2. Hop on each side 5 times for a total of 10.

Penguin Walk

1. Hop back and forth between your Tail press position to your Nose press position.

2. Now apply pressure on your toe edge, learn forward, and walk about 20 Feet. Penguin Walk 20 feet back to your starting position.

3. Now Penguin Walk backwards on your heel edge. Walk 20 feet backwards, then 20 feet back to your starting position.

These next few Hop back and forth between your Tail press position to your Nose press position.

These next few exercises are designed to be challenging. If you fail, get up and try again.

Ollie Into Tail Press

1. Consecutively Ollie into a Tail Press position. Do this 4 times. Make Sure your nose stays off the ground the whole time.

Nollie Into Nose Press

1. Consecutively Nollie into a Nose Press position. Do this 4 times. Make Sure your tail stays off the ground the whole time.

Tick Tacks

1. Lift your nose similar to a tail press, shift your board to one side. Quickly do it again but to the opposite side. You will start to move forward, this should be similar to a Penguin Walk. Start with Small movements and get bigger as you go.

Now you will want to go to an empty mellow run for these next warm ups. Take your time between each movement and focus on your form and doing it right.

Ollies and Nollies

1. Do 4 big clean Ollies.

2. Do 4 big clean Nollies.

Tail Press and Noses Press

Tail Press
Have you seen our 6 steps to buttering?

1. Ride into a nice Tail press with proper form, ride 3-5 seconds, then pop out.

Riding Nose Press
At first, this one will feel like you are falling over.

2. Do this 4 times then switch to Nose Press. Ride 3-5 seconds, pop out.

Spinning On The Slope

1. Do 4 Frontside 360's, while keeping you board on the snow. Take it slow, start on your heel edge and then finish on your toe edge.

2. Do 4 Backside 360's, while keeping you board on the snow. Take it slow, start on your toe edge and then finish on your heel edge.

Nice work! This last ones is extremely challenging, if you fail don't worry about it. Get back up and try it again, you will eventually get it and it will make you a better rider.

360 Butters

1. Get into your Tail Press Position, then spin a 360 either frontside or backside. Keep it nice and controlled, switching between your edges. Your Nose or Tail should be 10cms off the ground.

2. You can butter backside 360 on your tail, frontside 360 on your nose, and backisde 360 on your nose as well. Start with one of these Butter 360's a day until you get good enough you can fit them all into your warm up.

If you do these warm ups every time before you go riding you are going to improve your riding very quickly. 

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Jesse-Ray Townsend
Snowboard Addiction
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