Snowboarder Louie Vito’s Workout Leads to Success on the Pipes

February 11, 2011

Must See Action Sports Videos

Snowbasin Winter Resort in beautiful Ogden, Utah will be home for the final stage of the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour. As the world’s top skiers and snowboarders prep last minute for a chance to hoist the coveted Dew Cup, 5'5" Ohio native Louie Vito is physically fit and ready to take home the prize.

For the past two years, while perfecting his high-flying superpipe skills, Vito has hit his dry-land training routine just as hard. “Training in the gym is really important to me,” he says. “You got to not only be training for snowboarding, but injury prevention—and training to be fit is huge.”

Vito, who trains with Erick Land, founder of Xtraordinary Sports Performance [XPS] in Salt Lake City and trainer to NBA All-Star Deron Williams, admits that some boarders may have the wrong impression about his off-snow exercise regimen. “It’s not like I’m lifting heavy weights, getting all Jersey Shore up in the gym,” he says. “It’s mostly just making sure my body is warmed up, stretched and my muscles feel good.”

In between comps and travel, Vito can be found at XPS, training as much as possible. Though he hasn’t noticed much of a difference when performing tricks—like the Double Cork Frontside 1080—he believes his fitness level definitely helps with takeoffs and landings.

“Landing, especially flat, does reflect on the shape you’re in a bit,” Vito says. “Watching videos from years before, I’d see my legs give out. Not ’cause they aren’t strong, but [you use] your whole body...to hold you up when landing. Takeoffs as well benefit from being fit. The stronger you are, the more G’s you can withstand going up the pipe.”

Although many in the snowboarding community frown on Vito’s training lifestyle, the man’s been standing tall atop the winner’s podium all year. “You can still have fun, ride and party, but you need to have some kind of daily regimen,” says the Dew Tour’s number one-ranked boarder. “Snowboarding just keeps getting bigger, and there are a lot of good riders out there. Being in shape can be something that is going to separate you from everyone else.”

Photo:  swanygloves.files.wordpress.com, allisports.com

Matt Siracusa
Matt Siracusa

Featured Videos

Path to the Pros 2015: Devin Smith Path to the Pros 2015: Devin Smith Views: 179,065
Path to the Pros 2015: Shaq Thompson Path to the Pros 2015: Shaq Thompson Views: 75,992
Blake Griffin Interview and Cover Shoot Blake Griffin Interview and Cover Shoot Views: 588,674
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Peyton Manning Dumbbell Bench With 80+ Pounds Peyton Manning Dumbbell Bench With 80+ Pounds
Views: 43,252,646
Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill
Views: 9,501,192
Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill
Views: 6,866,172
Dustin Pedroia on Training Dustin Pedroia on Training
Views: 10,920,872
Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night
Views: 6,117,437

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like
Train Like a Pro: Beginner Triathlon Training Program

Train Like a Pro: Beginner Triathlon Training Program

Triathlon is an amazing sport because anyone can compete. For those who want to finish a beginner triathlon, various distances and supportive race...

Kobe Bryant's 5 Most Beastly Moments in the Gym

Kobe Bryant's 5 Most Beastly Moments in the Gym

Coaches: How to Customize Your Team's Workout Routine

Coaches: How to Customize Your Team's Workout Routine

All of the Football Positions, Explained

All of the Football Positions, Explained

Lindsey Vonn’s Summer Core Workout

Lindsey Vonn's Summer Core Workout

13 Things You Should Do Before You Start Training This Summer

13 Things You Should Do Before You Start Training This Summer

The Ultimate Fat Loss Workout for Athletes

The Ultimate Fat Loss Workout for Athletes

How to Repair Your Body and Mind After a Long Season

How to Repair Your Body and Mind After a Long Season

Michael Bamiro's Big Breakthrough

Michael Bamiro's Big Breakthrough

3 Keys to Successful Off-Season Training

3 Keys to Successful Off-Season Training

7 Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles That Ruin Summer Workouts

7 Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles That Ruin Summer Workouts

How Kerri Walsh Jennings is Gearing Up for Her 5th Olympics

How Kerri Walsh Jennings is Gearing Up for Her 5th Olympics

You Can't Do It All in the Weight Room

You Can't Do It All in the Weight Room

The U.S Women's National Soccer Team's Road to the World Cup

The U.S Women's National Soccer Team's Road to the World Cup

This Full-Body Workout Has Everything You Need

This Full-Body Workout Has Everything You Need

10 Reasons To Take Your Workout Outside

10 Reasons To Take Your Workout Outside

Challenge Yourself With These Balance-Boosting Plank Exercises

Challenge Yourself With These Balance-Boosting Plank Exercises

LeBron vs. Steph: Who Trains Harder?

LeBron vs. Steph: Who Trains Harder?

10 Summer Fitness Tips to Help You Get Ripped

10 Summer Fitness Tips to Help You Get Ripped

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Gym for Your Summer Workouts

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Gym for Your Summer Workouts

Building Elite Soccer Players

Building Elite Soccer Players

3 Great Ways to Reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

3 Great Ways to Reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

3 Goals of Off-Season Hockey Training

3 Goals of Off-Season Hockey Training

How to Time Training Peaks to Be Your Best When It Matters Most

How to Time Training Peaks to Be Your Best When It Matters Most

Your Posture is Hurting your Performance—Here's How to Fix It

Your Posture is Hurting your Performance--Here's How to Fix It

YardBarker