Getting fit for Splitboarding with Bibi Toelderer-Pekarek Alex Showerman November 22, 2014 Articles, Fitness and Nutrition, Jones Snowboards, Resources, Videos Spread the love Photo Courtesy of Bibi Toelderer-Pekarek What is Functional Training: Functional training is what all athletes are doing these days. It includes the creation or adaption of exercises that, as in real life or real sports, work multiple joints and emphasize the body’s natural ability to move in six degrees of freedom. As a result, this form of training can dramatically improve your performance both in real life and real sports situations! For example if you perform a proper turn on your snowboard, then ALL the muscles – from your ankles up to your core, and further all the way to your arms – have to work together to make that move possible. Functional training also trains important coordination skills and pillar strength that allows you to use your power! On what you should be doing: As a basis you should work to get a certain level of endurance (running, biking, hiking, etc.). On top of that I really recommend to do some specific strength training. It is important to build power in your legs and core. Usually you are carrying quite a big backpack for longer tours which is hard on your back. Also, when you ride down there is quite an impact on your spine. You need to be able to stabilize these forces in order to ride pain free the years to come! The better your pillar strength is, the more effortlessly, precisely, and effectively your legs will work on your snowboard. Three workouts to get you started: These sessions are designed to focus on your legs, core and coordination skills, and can be done stand alone or combine any two for a longer more intense work out! For best results you should do 2-4 of these each week for six weeks or even longer! Start with our first free session of Functional Training for Snowboarding. On our blog you will find clear instruction on the training and a PDF download with detailed exercises descriptions and photos. Then move on with training session number two. You can also combine two sessions if you want a longer workout. Visit this link to download your PDF exercise worksheet for Session 2 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyLogin with your Social IDYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.