Q: How can I improve my balance for snowboarding?
A: There are a couple things you can do to improve your balance. The first is to work on balancing your strength by training your legs with unilateral movements, or exercises that work your legs individually, such as split squats, lateral lunges, single-leg squats, and single-leg Romanian deadlifts. Check out the videos below for examples:
- Romanian Deadlift - 1 Leg
- Split Squat - Dumbbells
- Lateral Lunge - Dumbbell
- Single Leg Squat
These movements strengthen each leg individually, but they also improve the overall strength of your legs together to give you better stability and control on the board.
That’s more of a big-picture strategy for improving balance with your training, but don’t forget to pay attention to the finer points of your movement, as well. When you’re riding or training, think about keeping your big toe down. I know this may seem like an insignificant detail, but your big toe actually has a major impact on your balance and performance.
You want your weight balanced over the middle of your foot’s arch. When your big toe is down and engaged with the floor, it helps maintain your arch, which keeps your body balanced. Aligning yourself properly at the feet also has a positive effect that extends all the way up your body, ultimately making it easier for you to stay strong and balanced when you ride.
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