2. Bend Your Ankles
When we talk about standing position, we know that the center of the board is where we should be.
However how do you check your position?
There are 4 ways to check your standing position.
1. Nose to Tail balance
2. Toe to Heel balance
3. Rotational balance
4. Vertical balance
We talked about Nose to tail balance in the other tutorial “Key #1 Weight on the back leg” which is about checking your position from nose to tail.
This time I will talk about “Toe to Heel balance” which is typically overlooked.
To check this balance, pay attention to your body position between the edges of the snowboard, while sliding down the hill.
Then we can see where our head and hips are toward the toe or heel side to find out this balance.
When we do turns on the hill, our body leans to the toe or heel side to make an edge angle.
Beginner and intermediate riders tend to lean their body more than the edge angle which will put your head or hips out of alignment over the board.
A strong rider won't be out of alignment with their head and hips over the board, so their weight will stay in between the edges.
Why do our hips and head fall out of alignment?
We get low while turning in order to keep a low centre of gravity.
To do this we bend our hips and knee joints.
This causes our head and hips to naturally leave alignment over the board which is not easy position to keep balanced, but a strong rider is stable even if they are in low standing position.
How do they stabilize this position?
They bend their hip joints and knees but they bend their ankles too!
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1. Weight On The Back Leg
Before we start let me ask you a question, where do you think is the best place to stand over your snowboard while riding?
The center of the snowboard would be the typical answer to this question, and I would agree with this answer sometimes BUT!
Did you know that this only works best in certain terrain and snow conditions?
For example, when riding on groomed terrain with not much speed,
keeping your weight in the center of the board is certainly the best, but please watch this video carefully… are they really standing over the center of the board?
While it may look like their weight is in the middle this is not always true, especially when approaching the jump and before takeoff.
When riding downhill all obstacles and bumps are going to hit us from the front meaning the nose of the snowboard is usually the first to take the impact.
If your weight is directly in the middle of the snowboard when this happens your body will keep its momentum and your snowboard will lose momentum due to the impact on the nose.
This will cause your weight to shift towards your front foot and nose, which is not a stable riding position so the rider will be more likely to fall down.
Ok now how can we prevent ourselves from losing balance in situations like this?
Try shifting your weight to your back leg.
If your weight is near the back of the snowboard when you hit a bump, you will still shift slightly forward but your weight will now stay closer to the center instead of being pushed all the way to the nose.
This will also make your nose lighter, and your snowboard will more easily pass over small obstacles and bumps.
Here are some examples of when you should have less weight on your front leg.
When riding in powder, it is essential to keep your weight over your back leg.
This will keep your nose above the snow and allow you to float on top.
This position will help keep the rider balanced and avoid get thrown forward when passing over the moguls too.
Any rail that requires you to jump on from the side will most likely be set up fairly high.
This means getting a good pop is Key to locking into the rail properly.
To get a good “pop” or “ollie” you must first shift your weight to the rear leg, this will make your nose lighter and easier to lift onto the rail and avoid smashing into it.
The angle of a park jump points up and into the air, so if the rider has their weight in the middle and stands up straight aligning their body with gravity, it will gradually shift their weight to the front leg as they move up the lip.
We want to avoid this by keeping our weight near the back leg as we ride up the jump.
Keeping your weight near your back leg when turning can also be a good idea as it will allow for better edge grip in the snow due to the strong pressure at a point under the back leg.
Too much pressure on both feet while turning can cause the snowboard to bounce because it will be harder to release the pressure.
For example, a racer will sometimes stand with less weight over the front leg and more pressure over the back leg.
This helps to release the forward pressure over the snowboard throughout the turn.
This will help the rider avoid losing grip with the snow through bouncing or “chattering” and will also increase acceleration.
This is useful in all snow conditions, but becomes exceptionally handy in the more challenging terrain.
Those of you who are beginning to feel more comfortable on your snowboard, and want to start moving on to the harder terrain should first try learning how to ride and turn while holding most of your body weight over your back leg.
Here is an example of one of the incorrect body positions typically used by beginners.
An ideal riding position on challenging terrain will be the opposite of this.
Review the video once more and now what do you think!?
Be sure to check back for Key #2 on how to get a better all-around riding position!!
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We have learned how to ride steep terrain with using your eye sight and upper body so far.
This time we will learn how to use our lower body to make turns on steep terrain.
This skill might be challenging for some of you since it will require you to have stronger balance while turning.
Ok, now let's begin!
3. Lower Body
If you could consistently make nice turns by using your upper body, next, try to use your lower body.
Since your lower body is much closer to your board than your head and upper body, your board react much quicker after rotating your lower body.
This time you can focus on rotating knees and ankles.
Reason why advance riders are riding such stable without much body rotation is because they use their knees and ankles.
Since this way to make turns don’t require you much body movement you can ride with less effort, and maintaining your balance while turning will be increased too.
You can start practicing this movement from gentle slopes.
Try rotating your knees first to make turns.
And next, try rotating your feet in your boots to make turns.
You can compare this way to make turns with rotating your upper body.
Then you will be noticed that by using your lower body your board start turning quicker.
Also, you might be noticed that your hips or whole your upper body are following your lower body.
Furthermore, rotating your knees and feet (ankles) are physically twisting your board toward the toe and heel side as well.
Therefore, you make edge angle to start turns by rotating your lower body.
As we learned here, rotating your body help to make turns.
But we also learned if all body parts work together, we can get the best result.
For example, if your lower body is turning right but your shoulders are turning left, you will make things difficult.
Try not to hinder each body to rotate to right direction by the other body parts rotating toward opposite site.
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We will try to answer as soon as possible.
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Last time, you learned to simply “Spin Your Arms.”
That's probably because if you're going to do a spin you should spin right!?
I think that you were able to understand more deeply from a physical standpoint on how to spin.
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, please take some time to look at it now.
This time, we're going to look at a method that perhaps no one has heard of before!
That is precisely the reason it's a “secret.” It's a secret because no one recognizes it.
We call jumping on both feet as a POP.
When you jump, you go up, but you don't spin right?!
I can hear everyone saying that already.
It's for certain that if you just jump, you will not spin.
However, a very big result comes from adding a pop into your spinning motion.
This time, we are not going to think about it from a physical standpoint, but from an anatomical one.
So is there or is there not a “jumping” motion?
This is one big difference between the spin of intermediate and advanced snowboarders.
This “jumping” motion also has to do with stretching the entire body upward.
By jumping, you go up, and when this happens, the muscles of the entire body are elongated.
I'm not talking about a slow stretch.
I'm talking about a stretch that is quick and all at once.
Due to this kind of stretch, the muscles suddenly become elongated.
This is the main point of this tutorial.
When the muscles are suddenly elongated, their reaction is to quickly contract in order to prevent tearing.
This reaction is called the “stretch reflex.”
By using this reaction effectively, you can gain the ability to spin more.
For more detail, please look it up on Google and use Wikipedia, etc. for further study.
This “stretch reflex” is caused by sudden muscle elongation.
However, in addition to that, when you flex these muscles during a stretch reflex, you can get an even stronger, quicker reaction.
Let's take the vertical jump for example.
You crouch low, then, you contract and relax the muscles in preparation to elongate them.
While crouching, you completely relax the entire body before jumping.
From that point on, you relax, jump, and expand the muscles that were contracted all at once.
The moment you jump, the more you expand upward, and the more this stretch reflex occurs.
In addition to that, you intentionally put power into the stretched out muscles and then contract them.
Keep in mind that after you've jumped, by having created this crouched position, you naturally put strength into these muscles.
At this moment, since it is a muscle reaction and not a matter of consciously performing the action, you don't feel the weight of the lower-body.
There is a reason as to why not feeling the weight of the lower-body allows you to spin easier.
This is the whole secret behind being able to spin more!
Let's try to add even more spin movement.
The key is…
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