Cross-country skiing and downhill skiing
Cross-country skiing and alpine skiing are massive and popular winter sports. At first, it is not necessary to buy equipment in a specialized store: in winter, rental points operate in many regions of the country where you can rent skis, boots and poles, the same applies to ski slopes. From clothes warm, but not constraining the movement of things are preferred.
To try yourself in cross-country skiing, you need to choose a track or a park that is convenient for you with enough snow. For the first time, it is desirable that the track be with a gentle relief. Don’t jump straight into the big hills. While doing this sport, follow the direction of travel and signs on the track (if any), try not to move against the course – a collision at high speed can be very traumatic.
If you are on the slope for the first time, then it is better to immediately contact the instructor, and not to a friend who knows how to ride. The instructor knows how to train a beginner from scratch so that he rides correctly.
Also keep in mind that dangers that are beyond your control may await you on the slope: another person may drive into you, someone may accidentally catch you in line for the lift. Be attentive and careful.
Further cross-country training
If after the first lessons on cross-country or alpine skiing you realize that you like it and want to continue, then in order to master the correct technique and further progress, training should become regular.
If you want, relatively speaking, to go skiing through a snowy forest twice a year, then I would advise you to use the services of an instructor to learn how to enter the hill and safely move down the slopes. Whether there is a need in this situation to purchase a complete set of equipment is a question, because skis and poles still need to be stored somewhere for the rest of the time.
How to prepare for your first hockey practice
Ice hockey is a dynamic, powerful and very exciting sport. Before you start training with a coach, pay attention to physical preparation, as well as equipment and protective equipment.
The main thing is to take precautions and do not take risks at the first hockey training session. Also remember to warm up. Beginners often pay little attention to physical development and cannot complete even simple tasks.
The first exercise is snake riding. It is necessary to stretch the legs and groin. Then skating on the outer edge of the skate is added to it. To stretch our hands, we put the club on our shoulders and make a mill – rotational movements with our shoulders, and after that we add forward bends. To warm up the brushes, we use the rotation of the club with one and two hands.
As for hockey equipment, regardless of age, you first need to have skates (they can be rented at many rinks), a stick and a helmet. From clothes, it is best to wear comfortable and non-constricting things, such as a tracksuit.
What competitions are held for amateurs
Hockey is a team game, so success in it depends not only on individual skills, but also on the well-coordinated work of the team. The basics of tactics include the positioning of the players on the field and their actions in different areas of the site.
Hockey is an early specialization sport: the sooner you start, the more you can achieve in it. If we take adult amateur hockey players, then, of course, one can not even dream of any titles, world championships and the Olympic Games. But with a well-organized training process and dedication, you can make progress and show good results in amateur hockey leagues.
How to start learning to snowboard
Snowboarding, although it shares the same slopes with other sports, appeared much later, in the middle of the 20th century. While snowboarding may seem like an uncomfortable and unnatural projectile, since you have to move not facing forward, but sideways, mastering the basic technique is no different from other sports. There are also typical exercises, the correct stance and body control.
If you want to learn how to snowboard, then of course it is better to take a few lessons with an instructor. This will protect you from injury and help you quickly master your riding skills. After a few workouts, you will already be confident enough to go down simple tracks.
Nowadays, to go snowboarding, it is enough to rent all the equipment. This is the best option if you are not sure that snowboarding will become your hobby or you are limited in time and opportunities to go to the slope.
We can give you some advice on clothing. First, get thermal underwear and thermal socks. Secondly, it is better to wear a hat without a pom-pom so that the helmet fits well. If there is a balaclava, then feel free to take it. Thirdly, you need waterproof outerwear, as during the first skiing you will spend a lot of time on the snow. It would be great if we could find another seat mat.
If after the first lesson you fell in love with snowboarding and decided to continue learning, then you should think about purchasing your own equipment.
Participation in snowboarding competitions
Many athletes want to test their strength – to speak at official competitions or simply compete with like-minded people. If you are an amateur, then most likely it will not work to get into high-level competitions, but some winter resorts hold local events.
There are also many commercial competitions where professional snowboarders participate, and no one forbids you from competing with the monsters of this industry. This is useful as you will make new acquaintances and improve your level of skating.