First up are keywords for this tutorial!
These two keywords will help to change your performance!
Between Beginner and Intermediate, or Intermediate and Advanced.
There are obvious differences when comparing each of their performances.
Their performances look cleaner the higher their skill levels rise.
It’ll be obvious that their skill levels are high!
I think so too, but for now let’s try thinking about ways to use your body.
When a human being does something, they can show better performance when their mind and body are relaxed.
With snowboarding, advanced riders are more relaxed than intermediate riders.
If your mind is not relaxed, then your body will receive those influences and won’t be relaxed either.
If your muscles aren’t relaxed, then they can’t move the way you want them to and your performance will naturally fall.
Well then, why aren’t intermediate riders as relaxed as advanced riders?
Intermediate riders can’t fine-tune their balance, and because of that they get nervous and their muscles stiffen up.
Because of that they’ll have fast speed and they’ll take a difficult approach etc. with their performance, and all at once their performance will drop.
For instance, if intermediate riders perform an elementary trick in an elementary environment, they will be able to move their bodies very skillfully and will perform very well.
This shows proof of them being relaxed.
Relaxing is the key to how Intermediate and Advanced riders to use their bodies.
But can they get closer to the way Advanced riders move just by relaxing?
You specifically want to know “What’s the best thing to do?”
If you understand the difference between being relaxed while training and not being relaxed while training, you’ll find the answer.
Human muscles are paired in “opposites”.
For instance, for our leg muscles we have muscles for our thighs and hamstrings, as opposed to chest muscles where we have muscles for our back.
When one side of a muscle contracts, the one on the opposite side will stretch.
This how we can bend and extend our joints.
When the hamstring muscles are relaxed and extend well, thigh muscles can contract strongly and their physical strength will be at its maximum, thus allowing you to jump very high.
However, if the hamstring muscles are even a little tense and won’t extend much, then even if you try to contract the thigh muscles they won’t contract as much as you’d like them to because of that little bit of tension in the hamstring muscles, and it becomes a hindrance to them.
In other words, you won’t be able to jump high without being able to use 100% of your physical strength.
When your body is relaxed, then all of the “opposite” muscles are influenced to work well, and your performance will be the best it can be.
If your body is not relaxed, the “opposite” muscles will be a hindrance to each other all at once and your performance will fall.
If the “opposite” muscles become a hindrance to each other, the range of your performance will be small.
It’s because the opposing muscles hinder each other before the joints can extend long enough as I’ve mentioned.
If you use physical strength with your joints only being able to move a little bit, then you have to move very quickly at the same time.
You can’t move your muscles very much, so your movements won’t be natural or smooth.
Therefore, Intermediate riders’ movements become…
With an Advanced student’s movement, the “opposite” muscles work well with each other.
If they try to contract their thigh muscles as much as they want, their hamstrings will relax and they can stretch them as much as they want.
In other words, they can move their joints more greatly the more they stretch their legs.
Their movements are big, so their movements appear slow.
They can use their muscles’ greatest potential, and at the same time their movements look very smooth.
Therefore, Advanced rider’s movements become…
With the “small, fast” movements of Intermediate riders, it’s difficult to time their movements in that moment.
Furthermore, the time that they are pressing down the ground is also short, so the time that they can strongly feel their footing is also short
As an advanced rider’s “big, relaxed” movements are building up, the pressure from the ground with stands up gradually, so the time that they can strongly feel their footing is long and they can take off at any time.
It is also easy to time.
It’s good for Intermediate riders to mimic the movements of Advanced riders.
Let’s check this lesson’s key words one more time!
A lot of my students improved just by saying these two words.
The first thing is to relax the body.
Skill is important, but if your body isn’t relaxed then it will be hard to learn any skill.
Conversely, if your body is relaxed, it probably won’t be necessary to learn skills.
But first, practice “Relaxed, Large Ranged” in an environment that is easy to practice in.