3. Minimize Your Upper Body Rotation
Since you ride sideways in snowboarding, it's only natural to think that your body is facing sideways when on the slopes right?
Ordinarily however, humans face forward, living their day to day lives.
Since facing forward is human's natural posture, most snowboarders face forward without thinking about it when on the slopes.
Since humans live their lives facing forward, it is optimal for our bones, muscles, etc. to face the front when moving.
Because of this, a posture in which the whole body faces forward makes it easy for us to maintain balance and be able to use muscle effectively.
When snowboarding you are facing sideways and riding.
However, when the upper body faces forward while snowboarding, the body is twisted.
In other words, this optimized body takes on a posture that is contrary to it's composition.
So, why is it that most snowboarders don't snowboard with their upper body facing completely horizontal?
Well, let's compare the advantages and flaws of a forward posture and a horizontal posture.
Allow me to introduce a specific example of where "Facing forward" causes mistakes.
In a heel side turn, the board skids because the lower body is pulled by the twist in the upper body.
When going into a toe-side turn, since the upper body is facing opposite to the direction of movement, it makes it hard to go into the turn.
In a spin approach, starting a wind-up too early can cause your stance to be unstable for a longer amount of time, and therefore lead to a bad takeoff.
These issues are solved by adjusting the timing and the upper body's rotational angle.
However, because snowboarders are human, it is for certain that we gain a sense of motion by facing forward.
Facing forward while on the slopes is very possible, however, making sure that the joints have been stretched enough is a precondition.
Even if you twist your body, when the joints' range of motion is expanded, you can maintain balance without placing a burden on them.
Therefore, it is now possible to draw out the advantages of "facing forward."
Next, let's think about "facing sideways."
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