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If you have Raichles, set your lean adjusters to 5. It makes you stand taller. The good news is, it helps a lot with quad burn. The bad news is, it feels kinda weird at first.

I started riding this way last season, and at the time I liked it. I felt like standing taller forced me to be more precise about my balance, which made things interesting (in a good way). This season I'm starting to think about going down to 4 for a while. Something doesn't feel quite right. I moved my stance forward when I put the bindings back on, and I think that might be part of the problem. The jury's still out.

But, it definitely helps with quad burn.

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Guest Randy S.

Check out Sportlegs . I've used the stuff and it is pretty good. You can probably accomplish the same thing by taking calcium and magnesium supplements, but they put it in one easy dose. It seems to work pretty well. I go longer with less aching and cramping. Oh, and drink a lot of water.

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Originally posted by NateW

If you have Raichles, set your lean adjusters to 5. It makes you stand taller.

Another way to get KINDA the same result but with more felxibility is to leave your boots in "Walk" mode and not lock in adjusters AT ALL. I got the idea from YYZcanuck, tried it, and I don't think I'll ever go back to LOCKING the boots. Leaves me much more flexibility and allows me to use my ankles more. Some changes to the riding style is necessary with that option to account for more forward/rear movement freedom. More appropriate for "freecarving" rather than super-aggressive racing-style carving, IMO, but that's all I do so it works for me.


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Timely question - I just got back from the gym. I had asked this question on the old board and got a lot of good advice.

I've been plagued with early season quad burn (and it doesn't get a whole lot better at the end of the season). None of the routine hamstring and quad exercises seem to help. It's hard to truly replicate the strain on the exact same part of the muscle. Over the past few weeks I've been using something like a boogie board (the rocking point is fixed to the board instead of rolling). Once balanced, I rotate to the left to simulate my normal stance and squat down while maintaining balance. I try hard to keep both heels from lifting. By varying the height, you can really get a good workout on the quad and calf. Switch so that the right foot is forward and repeat the process. I haven't gotten out yet this season but hope I'll see less early season discomfort.

Also, I wear a winter Camelbak. I tried Sportlegs supplements last season and I think they helped.

For freeriding I keep the boots in the "walk position" but the tab sometimes flips up of its own accord. For racing, I set both boots at a low number.

If anyone has additional suggestions, my 57 year old quads would be most appreciative.

Pat Moore

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  • 1 year later...

I don't have problem with it, but I believe that I have read that it is a caused by a buildup of Lactic Acid in the leg muscles.

Eating bananas during the day is supposed to help.

If you contact Sportlegs.com they may be willing to send you a free sample. I got one but have never used it.

Try a Google search for " thigh burn" and

see what comes up.

I love to lock my boots down, most of the time, and wouldn't want to give that up.


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Guest silversurf

IMHO...exercise is the primary to cure to any "burning", the obvious secondaries that have already been mentioned such as water and ensuring your stance meets your needs. But in addition, I didn't see anyone mention diet (which could include vitamins or supplements).

This is critical as is water. Eating a healthy balanced diet, with lots of veggies, meats, cheeses, whoel grains, etc. This is sort of obvious, but really does make a difference after a short period (you'll also find you'll function better overall in life.

With exercise, I've found that the usual recommended regimine works well (lifts, squats, stairmaster, running, cycling, etc) but also "chair" sits for multiple sets over several minutes. Varying the depth of the sit as well as "free" sitting (not against a wall) and wall sits work well.

Lunges helped me overcome alot of knee pain, as well as doing line jumps (jumping to the left and then back to the right over a line, back and forth).

Lastly, and this is a personal one, I've found that booting up and clipping in on carpet, then doing "sits" like I'm traversing really helps with the quad burn for me, especially since it's in the same/similar position as the real deal.

Bottom line, is exercise and don't forget to train the whole body, I think too many people focus on an area and neglect the rest which can sometimes not fix or help much at all.

my $0.02


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Cytomax is great or extrain. Training and exercise-- the Concept 2 erg is awesome to train on a few days a week along with intervals either running or cycling. You need to start in december with alot of aerobic base training. Then you can ride hard all day without any viagra.

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Guest jschal01

leg burn, particularly quad burn, is because of really sustained muscle contractions, without relaxation, which, with the possible exception of long heelside traverses, reflects trying to muscle the board through turns. Think how bad a burn you got doing falling leaves when you were first learning to ride. So, work on better technique. Though not a blanket cure, crossunder and crossthrough turns, done correctly, virtually force you to relax during the edge release/change.

Also, make sure to breath deeply while you ride. Sounds obvious, but a lot of people hold their breath or tense up and take shallow breaths.

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Hi Ricky,

Only one thing for it here in the UK - Move to the Alps and ride every weekend!

Getting a couple of weeks on snow each year just doesn't allow the legs to build up enough to completely eliminate quad burn.

I do serious road cycling and give my legs a serious Gym workout a couple of time a week, yet I know that come Val d'Isere next week, my legs are going to suffer, seriously!

Al G

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Have encounterd major quad burn in Zermatt (CH) just after the new Year.

Mostly in the front leg.

happy to say it vanished after two day's.

Problem is I substituted it for chest pains, I broke a couple of ribs the second afternoon!!!

I've been told that front quad burn could be a result of not being properly centerd on the board.

Conditioning was what I had been doing in the months leading up to my trip to Switserland, two to three hour spinning sessions in the gym, up to ten hours of riding my board indoor here in the Netherlands a week etc. but still quad burn.

I think the altitude also had a big influence

my muscles filled up with lactic acid in no time at 10.000 feet and above!

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