This is Part 2 of my previous tutorial, “Do Freestyle Snowboarders Need Physical Training?”
This time, let's think about what kind of results we can derive from Running.
When I say, “derive,” I'm talking about the results you can get out of your heart and lung function.
When you strengthen your heart and lung function, what kind of benefits are there?
They can be found in the increased amount of blood that is pumped at one time from your heart. You could also say that it's the amount of oxygen that is pumped into your bloodstream.
It's probably easier to think of it as having trained your heart muscles.
Oxygen has a very important role in that it is converted to energy within the body.
Energy gained from oxygen is necessary for muscle strength, the brain's ability to concentrate, etc.
When your oxygen supply decreases, it's easier to get tired and your ability to sustain concentration decreases.
You can support all of this by merely doing aerobic exercise like running, etc.
Anaerobic exercise creates a situation in which the oxygen supply doesn't make it to the muscles in time. There are types of anaerobic exercise that involve running, but these fall under short-distance sprints, mid-distance sprints, and muscle training for example.
When it comes to snowboarding, long free-riding and powder-riding for example, fall under the category of a wall sit.
Explosive running, causes an anaerobic type of situation in which the oxygen supply doesn't make it to the muscles in time. Because of this, the body uses sugar and fat stored in the muscles and organs for energy. Since the oxygen can't make it in time, the body borrows these as an energy source.
"Anaerobic" or "Aerobic"?
I think that both aerobic and anaerobic exercise are both necessary components of snowboarding, but depending on the style of snowboarding, I would have to say that for the most part, it is aerobic exercise that is important.
However, being in love with turning and doing nothing but powder-riding and carving turns becomes mostly anaerobic exercise for the lower-body. For these types of snowboarders, explosive running and muscle training are probably effective.
If possible, anaerobic-type training is best done with a trainer around.
In free-style snowboarding, like park riding for example, there is not enough time for the body to go into an anaerobic state while riding. So, if these riders are going to exercise, it might be best for them to do a lot of aerobic exercise that will allow them to maintain the ability to concentrate. For example, it would be good if they could jog every day for 30 minutes to an hour at an intensity of 60 to 70 percent.
How can we train?
If you're able to, it's best to train in the off-season.
It is effective to train in the gym with a regular training regimen, but if you can, it would be preferable to have a regimen that is compatible with snowboarding exercises.
This is something that everyone who snowboards knows more-so than trainers.
When training in the gym with actual snowboarding moves, adding weight little-by-little and focusing on training a little faster and stronger than usual with good-balanced movement, you can be certain that you will see results out on the snow.
When training in the gym with actual snowboarding moves, you can try things like adding weight little by little and focus on training a little faster and harder than usual. While doing this, be sure to keep good-balanced movement in mind. If you do this, then you can be certain that you will see results out on the snow.
However, thought-out, snowboard-centered, physical training, is full of necessary components for improvement such as technique and balance, instinctive sense, and building a good mental game.
With specialized trainers, when you want to show off your best performance, they have a polished technique for building the optimal physical and mental state.
So, do we need Physical training?
In order to determine whether or not physical training is necessary, you won't know until you have tried and experienced it yourself.
It's for certain that even if you train recklessly, you won't see any results, so it's necessary to study hard on your own or try to consult with a specialist.
And more importantly, I must say that for people who aren't consistent with training, it's only a waste of time.
Actually, in order for us to verify whether or not top-athletes need physical training, the only thing we can do is to thoroughly analyze their movements. When we do this, we should analyze and understand: when and what kind of movement, how strong is it and what direction, and for that movement and intensity, is physical training necessary. Then, we can classify each aspect of their performance, apply the necessary training components, and categorize it. Lastly, we adjust the exercise load to match our own physical strength.
This is something that a sports trainer at the gym cannot do.
If you ask a trainer to make a training regimen for you, usually, you will end up with a training routine that is for your average athlete.
Because of this, there are many athletes who can't really utilize the muscle that they have built when it's time to perform.
So, what kind of training should you do specifically?
We'll talk about that in a different tutorial.