Olympian and Team Toyota Rider Louie Vito is one of the most exciting half-pipe snowboarders on the professional circuit these days.
Only 24 years old, he finished fifth in the half-pipe snowboarding final in the Vancouver Winter Olympics nearly three years ago, and he has continued to be a force to be reckoned with ever since.
[pagebreak] MF: What’s different about your training program?
We focus mostly on lifting, intervals [on the treadmill] and running steps with weights.I realized that you get a short window to be the best that you can be, and I need to make the most out of the gift I have been blessed with from God.I am also a firm believer in the statement: “The will must be greater than the skill.” There are snowboarders who are more naturally talented than I am, but there is not a snowboarder in the world who is willing to work harder than me … At the end of the day, I want to be able to look back and know I did everything in my power to be the best.That stuff is pretty damn tasty, even if it does have a habit of getting lodged between your teeth.Props to Stephen’s double cork gag though – Louie does have a penchant for doing a heck of a lot of them.We had a chat with him about what kind of training regimen he’s utilizing, while also figuring out his competitive goals for the near future—is he gunning to dethrone Shaun White? Men’s Fitness: So you’ve had quite the extensive training program since last year. Louie Vito: I started going to John Schaeffer at Winning Factor the spring of 2011.