Tips for off season snowboard training, and the equipment that can help you train for boxes and rails. Off season training is a great way to keep yourself thinking about snowboarding and to continue to improve your skills for tricks all year round.
A great tool for off season snowboard training for boxes and rails is a half foam roller. I got this one at a fitness store for $25 and it's been a lot of fun to training with. It's about 3 inches thick, so its high enough to get my board completely off the ground. It's made of fairly dense foam, so it won't get damaged when my boards lands on it. Plus because it's foam there's a bit of give to it, so my boards doesn't getting damaged either.
I'm also training outside at the beach so I've also got two yoga mats to protect my board from the ground.
There are three skills you can greatly improve by training on the foam roller. The first is your balance. You can learn how to commit and center your weight over the foam, without the fear of sliding out onto your butt. The second is you can learn the movements for different tricks. You can experiment with new tricks, and commit yourself to trying the movements even though you may not be ready to do in the park yet. The third skill you can improve is your strength and fitness. Training on the foam roller will challenge your fitness and the repetition can improve the strength that's needed for certain tricks. I've notice that each time I've practice on the roller my balance and strength are improving and I'm really getting comfortable with the movements of new tricks like the back lipslide.
So, if you want to do off season snowboard training and improve your skills for boxes and rails, I recommend picking up a half foam roller. Then find a good open area and work on the tricks you want try the next time you ride. Stay tuned and I'll be putting out more training videos on the foam roller for 5050's, nose and tail presses, boardslides, lipslides, and spins on & off.
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