MY WORKOUT KATIE BLUNDELL

MY WORKOUT KATIE BLUNDELL

The pro snowboarder, 23, tells us why snowboarding is the coolest sport on the slopes

I’ve been snowboarding for six years, but on my first season I was a skier, I thought snowboarding looked really cool and I wanted to be cool. So, at the end of the season, when it was all slushy, I ditched my skis and bought a snowboard.

I come from a gymnastic background and loved the idea of doing tricks or acrobatics on the slopes was particularly drawn to Slopestyle (an event where the goal is to perform tricks}.

Overcoming a challenge gives me the biggest sense of I have loads of results I’m happy with – 1 st British Slopestyle Champion 2013, 4th in The O’Neill Evolution 6-star TTR 2013 (oneill.com), 3rd in The MileHigh 4-star TTR 2012. My Greatest success is when I learn a new trick or hitting a new feature in the park.

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Snowboarding has taken me to lots of different places, but my favourite place to go is Perisher in Australia. Tignes in south-east France is where I first learnt to snowboard, so that place will always be special to me, as well.

I never try something before I’m I like to learn to master the easier tricks before moving on to the harder ones. I try to do things over and over to make sure I’ve got it right. There’s a difference between being nervous about trying something new and being nervous because you’re not ready to try it.

I get up early day, to have a good breakfast and do some stretches before heading up the mountain. I don’t really like stopping for lunch because I find it hard to get going again, I just snack on the chairlift and then finish snowboarding around 2pm. Start early and finish early.

I like to have the afternoon free to go relax in the hot tub or go to a yoga class. I train five to six days and rest one to two days per week, Rest days are just as important as snowboard days – you need to give your body time to recuperate, and you can definitely have too much of a good thing!

I spend a lot of time in the gym, to A strong core is really beneficial for snowboarding, and I notice what a difference it makes. Pilates is really good for this, too. And I like to do plenty of squats to keep my legs nice and strong, especially as I have dodgy knees! I’d still want to be around snow – maybe as a skier! If not, something active I’m sure… dancing? Or maybe I would have followed what I studied at university – textile design.

MY WORKOUT KATIE BLUNDELL

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