Winter athletes stay sharp with summer workouts
â€œIn winter, all I do is eat and snowboard,â€ says Breckenridgeâ€™s J.J. Thomas, who took Olympic bronze in superpipe at Salt Lake City. So in summer, he mixes up the routineâ€”by surfing. Once the snow melts, he decamps to his house in Encinitas, north of San Diego, where he surfs water instead of snow.
â€œItâ€™s one of the best crossover workouts you can do,â€ says Thomas, adding that it builds full-body strength and improves balance. Plus, itâ€™s fun. â€œI just love being in the water,â€ he says.
Having fun is a big part of Thomasâ€™s summer regimen. â€œIâ€™ve learned that itâ€™s really important for me to take time off and rejuvenate,â€ he says. After traveling nonstop for six months each winter, Thomas uses the summer to relax and unwind. â€œTaking a little break helps me get build that fire back up and get excited about snowboarding when the season starts again,â€ he explains.