Plyometric Training

Fit to Ski and Snowboard
Snowboarding and skiing require quick reflexes, powerful turns, and explosive reactions.  Just lifting a bunch of dumbbells and stretching is not going to train the body to respond in that manner.  This is where plyometric training comes in.  Olympic athletes have been using plyometric exercises for decades to become record-breaking high jumpers, triple jumpers, and skiers.  Now that snowboarding is an Olympic event, plyometrics are being introduced to aerial and half-pipe competitors.

Plyometrics should not be performed on concrete, cement, or any other surface that does not absorb impact.  The repetitive, ballistic nature of these exercises is very demanding on the body, so choose a forgiving surface — such as one that is wooden or padded or a sandy or grassy area — to reduce the risk of injury.

Exercises include

  • Single and Double Leg Hop
  • Twisting, Box and Stair Jumps
  • Lateral, Front and Back Jumps
  • Twisting Tuck and Box Jumps