It’s the height of summer and you’re already starting to miss the snow. We feel your pain. Those legs muscles are already starting to turn to jelly after months away from slopes.
So, what should you be doing during the summer months to keep yourself in shape for winter?
Last month in Barcelona, 1,700 women got together to take part in the very first Roxy #RunSUPYoga with Torah Bright.
We asked the Olympic snowboarder for a few snippets of advice about how she stays fit and active off-season – and what her guilty pleasures are…
Have you done much stand-up paddle boarding and yoga before?
Any chance I get I love to try something new. I have not done too much stand up paddling. I tried to stand up paddle surf once… It did not go down so well!
Where do you tend spend your summers?
I spend my summers in the Southern Hemisphere. After a surf trip or two to get some Vitamin D, it’s back to winter. It’s always winter somewhere, so I go in search of it!
Is keeping fit in the snow off-season important to you?
Yes of course. Being strong is just as important as being on snow. Freestyle snowboarding is a high impact sport, so your body needs to be strong enough to take heavy falls and hits.
The stronger you are, the less likely you are to injure yourself. When you do get injured, your body is able to recover a lot quicker.
In the short off-season, I stay active doing all sorts of activities, like surfing, biking, climbing and strength training, so I am fit and healthy to get back on snow.
What does a typical summer training week look like for you?
There is no set training schedule for me.
I mix in lower body, upper body and core workouts throughout the week, along with other activities.
Most days I will do two training sessions a day. I will have a rest day and one or two days where it is just one strength season depending on my body.
What changes in your routine from winter to summer training?
When the snow comes, I focus and prepare to be on snow as much as possible. Any other training gets pushed aside.
During the winter I will never work on strength. I just do what makes my body recover and feel good – whether it’s yoga, stretching or body weight circuits.
What’s your favourite thing to eat before you workout?
I love half an avocado with lemon juice in it! Its light, refreshing and gives plenty of energy!
Do you get much relaxation time during the summer? If so, what’s your favourite thing to do to relax?
I love to be home and do homely things. But if I get the chance you will find me lounging in the sun by an ocean. I am a beach girl at heart!
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Oh my, I have so many! I love the TV show, Revenge. Chocolate is a pretty big guilty pleasure!
What tactics do you have to motivate yourself when you don’t feel like exercising?
Exercising is easy when you are in the swing of it. You feel good doing it.
It’s when you are unable to workout for a while that I struggle to get back and do something. I travel with a skipping rope.
I am not a runner, so with my skipping rope I find it pretty hard not to do some type of exercise!
If you weren’t a professional snowboarder, what do you think you would have been doing now instead?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a florist, a jewellery designer and a racing car driver! Who knows what my path would have been!?
Will you be competing next winter season?
Yes, I will be competing next year. I’m still making time to really snowboard and explore more. I love snowboarding and want to explore every facet.
I’ve got no major plans outside of snowboarding. I am just focused on living and loving what I do now. I still want to better myself on my snowboard, but am loving the balance I have found between life and career.
What was it like practicing yoga with 1,700 other women at the Roxy #RunSUPYoga event in Barcelona?
It was amazing. 1,700 women all united by their love of self improvement and making fitness fun!
The whole day I kept saying that I was on a natural high! I definitely want to make it to a few more stops for the Roxy #RunSUPYoga events.
It’s a great way for women to feel empowered – plus it’s a fun way to be active, healthy and social!
Roxy are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. Come and join them in Newquay for the UK leg of their #RunSUPYoga global tour on the 25th July. Tickets available soon at roxy-uk.co.uk