We here at Flow sat down with Olympic snowboarder Sarka Pancochova to discuss her lifestyle during the summer months, breaking down what she does to stay fit and refreshed for when the snow starts flying again.
During the summer season, it’s hard to find snow. What are some things that you do to keep yourself fresh and having fun when you can’t snowboard?
My season is usually so hectic that as soon as the summer hits I need to get some sun and go to the beach for while. So I started surfing a lot and also Rock Climbing. I like spending my time outside when the weather is nice. Also I try to do yoga in the morning, everyday. It keeps me going after all the activities during the day. When it’s not nice, I go to CrossFit for my leg workout.
Do you have any training programs or exercises that you do to keep your body fit for snowboarding?
I do a lot of compensation exercises with bosu ball and gym balls and lot of balance exercises to keep me knees strong. I don’t have any scheduled program but I try to do something everyday to keep myself as fit as possible during the off season.
You have been practicing Yoga for a while now. How does Yoga help your snowboarding and your fitness?
Yoga is lot of balancing and also it’s kind of a moving meditation. So it helps me to empty my mind when I need it most… during the contest. By practicing my mind I can perform better. On a higher level.
What are things that you do to keep your mind fresh and excited about snowboarding during the off season?
As I said yoga mostly, and also I visualize my new tricks so I can feel better when I decide to try them on snow. Because I know how to do them in my head.
Do you do any surfing? If so, what are your favorite spots/locations to go?
I went to only few places and I liked Puerto Rico a lot and Nicaragua was pretty awesome.
Is there anything else that you do during the off season?
I drink a lot of beer and wine and enjoy myself. Haha…
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