Homeboarding For Snowboarding

February 6, 2009 by  
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Snowboarding holidays are the best but often it is only possible to go snowboarding on vacation. The rigorous physical demands of the sport ensure that you’re stiff for at least the first few days and that means that you cannot really enjoy the precious little time you spend on the slopes fully. But how do you prepare for it without actually hitting the slopes? You start ‘homeboarding‘, of course!.

Most likely you’ve found in the past that no matter how hard you try to prepare your body for the rigors of the sport before you actually head out on your expensive snowboarding holiday, you never seem to get it quite right. Wall squats, gym equipment – nothing seems to quite imitate the movement required by the sport. Most vacationing snowboarders are hit with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) in their legs within the first day of their vacation. The medically recognized condition occurs due to a sudden increase in the duration of an exercise or the introduction of a new type of exercise. The only way to get rid of it is to undertake a sport-specific program of training to target the correct muscles in the correct way and slowly build up their strength and durability. Previously this has been virtually impossible for snowboarders who live in cities and who are only able to hit the slopes maybe once a year. Now it seems they can start preparing for their trip in the comfort of their own homes.

The Human Touch Board is essentially a small, motorized snowboard which will help you to recreate the conditions your body will experience out on the slopes so that you can start to train your body long before you board the plane to your snowboarding holiday destination. The board is designed to recreate the rolling, yawing and pitching motion that a snowboarder may experience during the average descent. It also ensures that the various stresses that the slopes place on a snowboarder’s body are simulated. All this means that you can hop on and go ‘homeboarding’ in the comfort of your own home!

As the board does its thing, the snowboarder will find all the correct muscles stimulated so that he can gradually build up the stamina required to get the most out of his well-earned and often very expensive holiday. In order to successfully ride the board, the ‘homeboarder’ must squat in the same position as he would for a trip down the ski slopes. He will be encouraged to use his core muscle groups by counter-balancing with his torso, while his inner thighs, outer thighs and gluts get the work-out of a lifetime. Homeboarding can also be incorporated into a fun and challenging workout routine, as boarders can perform squats, trunk twists, hula-hoops and single leg balances to further improve their balance and add diversity to their training sessions. The boards can be easily purchased and definitely make the perfect alternative to trying to train at the gym and targeting all the wrong muscle groups.