Off-Season Training for Skiers and Snowboarders

Skiing and snowboarding are sports that are open for typically one season a year (depending on your location) but it requires year-round work to maintain physical shape. Athletes all over the world have to train during summer months to stay in shape and maintain their skill-set for the winter season. Here’s how they do it!

Gym Time
This one may seem obvious but the exercises done inside of the gym is where things get interesting. Winter athletes need to engage specific muscles to maintain their shape for their sport of choice and utilize unique training methods such as ab wheels, rowing, high-intensity cardio training, and agility work. Look to your favorite pro’s and see if they put out the specific workouts they do to stay in shape.

Water Sports
The cool thing about skiing and snowboarding is that they can both essentially be done in the summer- just using a different medium (aka water). There are obviously differences in water and snow, however, wakeboarding or water-skiing is the closest you’re going to get to replicating the experience and engaging the muscles in a similar fashion.

Skating
Skating is both easy to pick up and fun! It also helps maintain balance and mental stamina (you don’t want to fall while snowboarding or skating). While your feet will be positioned differently on a skateboard than a snowboard it is still a fun way to get some good practice in and can still improve your snowboarding game.

Biking
Biking is hands down one of the best ways you can keep your legs in shape for snowboarding and skiing. You should be biking as much as you absolutely can be- take it to work, to the coffee shop, to the gym, for a casual ride, just make sure you do it! If you can take it up and down some hills or a mountain that’s even better.

There are many things winter athletes (and you) can do to stay in shape during the summer. Activities as simple as getting in the gym or taking it up a notch and learning other extreme sports like mountain biking or surfing will contribute to a better winter season ensuring that when you get back in the snow, you will be ready to pick up right where you left off!

Best Snowboarding Brands That Won’t Break the Bank

Snowboarding is an activity that offers great exercise, a rush of adrenaline, and a beautiful time out in nature. But the truth is if you’re not careful while out on the slopes, it may also offer you a nasty dose of frostbite, too.

Wearing quality apparel when engaging in an extreme sport is essential, and this is undoubtedly true with snowboarding. Not only will it help ensure you have the best time possible when out on the mountain, but it will also ensure you do everything possible to stay safe and prevent any harmful issues that would not otherwise occur.

To help prepare you for your next epic snowboarding trip, below are three excellent brands that won’t break the bank.

Burton

Prices can vary widely with Burton, but it’s a great brand that has proven itself in the world of snowboarding. But the nice thing about Burton gear is that you can often find a discount on their apparel, with possible discounts of 30-40% in their clearance section. Helmets, for instance, can range anywhere from $50 to $150, but the quality is indeed something that the manufacturers at Burton keep in the forefront of their minds, so you won’t find yourself paying for something that will not serve you well and last through any harsh conditions.

Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen possesses a proven track record in apparel that lasts through the frigid temperatures of the Norwegian winters. For apparel that can last through the harshest of conditions, this is an excellent brand that can still be found at a reasonable price. For instance, If you’re planning on snowboarding in extreme conditions, Hansen offers an excellent choice with their Backbowl jacket.

Again, the prices of Helly Hansen can vary as well, with jackets ranging from $100 to $500. But discounts of 30% can regularly be found, and the quality that comes with the purchase is hard to beat.

Chaos Hats

Chaos Hats make affordable headwear and neckwear for men and women. The brand offers some stylish selections, with a nearly endless supply of beanies and scarves, and the material is soft but durable—perfect for any cold winter day on the slopes. One of the coolest products Chaos Hats offer is their affordable fleece necktubes which run about $10.

Finding affordable and durable snowboarding apparel doesn’t have to be a strenuous activity that causes any financial burden. Many great brands that offer a variety of great products that leave you with little excuse to not head out and hit the slopes!

 

 

 

Finally Hit the Slopes with Apple Watch!

Finally Hit the Slopes with Apple Watch!

The Apple Watch has become a wearable essential for fitness fanatics everywhere, helping to track progress and supply valuable data. Until now, it seemed Apple was forgetting about those with a passion for winter activities. Not to be outdone, Apple gave the green light for several winter sports tracking apps.
New Apps for the Apple Watch Will Track a New Type of Progress
Among the first apps to sign on with the Apple Watch are Ski Tracks, Slopes, Snocru, and Squaw Alpine. The apps will help individuals track their performance in skiing and snowboarding activities by providing data that will be recorded, during the activities. This is something winter sports enthusiasts have been longing for and it seems Apple execs were listening.
Unfortunately, the apps won’t be compatible with older versions of the Apple Watch. The technology that makes this type of fitness tracking possible was only made available with the WatchOS 4.2, which was updated in December. This means Legacy Apple Watch owners will have to upgrade, if they want access to the apps. Currently, only the Apple Watch Series 3 will be capable of running the apps correctly, partly because it comes with a barometric altimeter installed in the device.
The Apple Watch Update Simplifies Tracking
It should be noted that winter athletes weren’t without tracking apps for their activities. The previously mentioned apps have been available on the iPhone for some time, but handling the phone while wearing winter gear was problematic. Wearing gloves made it difficult to use the apps and, for skiers, they would have to juggle their phone along with their ski poles.
Often, users want to track their progress on the field or while riding the chair lift, but that required removing gloves. Otherwise, there was the risk of dropping their phone or other equipment. The Apple Watch eliminates those concerns with the new update.
What kind of data will the Apple Watch record with these apps? Among the most anticipated features, it will track the vertical descent and the distance for each runs, as well as keeping a record of the number of runs completed. The apps will also be able to keep a tally of top speeds, providing an average speed for the user. For those interested in how their performance effects their physique, the Apple Watch will also keep track of the number of calories burned with each performance.
While this may mean buying a new Apple Watch for some, the investment will certainly pay off. Having a more convenient way of tracking this kind of data will help athletes improve their overall performance.