Snowboarding is a sport, so naturally you use muscles when riding.
And it’s clear that muscle characteristics affect your performance.
Human muscles are actually divided into 2 types.
Here, I’ll simply explain the difference between the two types.
These kinds of muscles are used in powerful bursts of strength.
However, because they use so much energy they can’t be used for extended periods of time.
They’re powerful, but they won’t last long.
And that is why during your normal daily life these aren’t used too much.
The muscles that you grow through training are these “Fast Muscles.”
These are the opposite, they can last a long time but can’t give large bursts of strength.
These “slow muscles” are used primarily in cardio, but they don’t actually grow any bigger when you work them out.
The number one example that comes to mind when thinking of a sport that requires these muscles is a marathon.
Surprisingly, not many people know about these.
On top of that, the ratio of how much you have of each varies from person to person.
You can probably tell by observing different kinds of sports.
For example, participants in marathons and sprints may both “run”, but their bodies are completely different.
In boxing there’s more variation than just lightweight and heavyweight classes, competitor’s performance styles are also completely different.
I had a time back when I was teaching students and measuring the differences in their performance, where I asked myself why some of them can and can’t do certain things.
I remember how hard it was being able to see why “This student can’t copy and do what that student is doing”, but not being able to logically explain it to them with words.
Of course there were some mental reasons preventing me, but there were other reasons why I couldn’t form a coherent explanation.
And while I continued to study them, I learned about the existence of “Fast and Slow Muscles.”
Just like the runners or the boxers I wrote about earlier, I noticed that what if I chose the best ways to bring out my students best performance?
For example, a lot of my students wanted to compete and many of them were the very image of a top athlete.
It was obvious that a triple cork 1620 would use fast muscles.
It would be very difficult for people with slow muscles to Takeoff and spin the board so fiercely while keeping and fine tuning their balance mid air.
Fast muscles work well with exercise that’s strong and fast.
People that have a lot of these could get close to top snowboarding athlete performance.
On the other hand, if you don’t have many of these muscles that means your road to having top athlete performance will be a long one.
Still, even if you don’t have many fast muscles you can do some cool snowboarding.
Snowboarding, unlike gymnastics, is a sport where you’re also evaluated by how cool and artistic your performance is.
For example, pro riders show videos of themselves doing 180 and 360 spins.
It’s because this trick is so simple that you have more time to show how cool it is.
But with the 1620 they’re spinning so fast that you don’t have the time to see how cool it is.
That’s why nowadays there’s a lot of doubt surrounding those tricks.
I’m sure you’ve already noticed but, this is a hint that performances that are not only effected by the difference of “Fast and Slow Muscles” that you have.
In other words, even if you have a low amount of fast muscles you, it’s a good idea to aim for taking things slowly and making your performance as artistic and cool as possible.
A lot of my students didn’t have very many fast muscles, but they still aimed at being top athletes.
But I couldn’t just tell them “You need to change your performance style because you don’t have enough fast muscles.”
I couldn’t say it because the process for aiming to be a top athlete is something where you need to exceed your own limits.
However when they started to learn what they’re really good at, that’s when I was able to tell them this.
I think that many of you are in the same situation as a lot of my students were, you feel like you’re making slow progress once you’ve hit the intermediate level.
To continue having fun with snowboarding it’s really important to continue to challenge yourself.
Because that feeling you get when you overcome something difficult is very important.
At the same time, try to start injecting a little “cool” factor into what you’re doing.
Even if you don’t have a lot of fast muscles you can still do high level snowboarding.
The respect you earn from being cool hasn’t changed in the snowboarding world.
The style of what’s cool may change every now and then, but something that stays constantly cool is how well your balance is and how well your movements flow during your performance.
Even if you do simple tricks, if you do them relaxed and cleanly then they’ll surely become “cool” tricks.
Even if you can’t do high spins or difficult butter tricks, there’s a lot of fun to be had in simple and slow snowboarding!