Skateboarding is an activity that is much more than just fun. Many people around the world enjoy it because of the feeling it gives them. But don’t be fooled because this is an activity that requires a certain level of physical fitness, skill, and ability. The best possible way to do it is to have a good workout program. Don’t forget that you need to protect yourself from possible injuries while skateboarding.
Don’t forget to warm up before each workout. It should consist of dynamic movements (from slower to faster) in each exercise. The number of repetitions for each movement is eight to twelve. Because skateboarding activates the whole body you need to warm up from head to toe. Emphasize on the torso and legs.
How to do Strength exercises?
Our bodies are extremely adaptable. If you force it with training, it will only be more capable than before. Strength only grows if you give your body a challenge that creates sweat, leaves you breathless, and strains your muscles. If you feel no or just a little physical pain, then your training is futile. Even muscle soreness is not a bad thing, but a sign that the workout was strong enough and effective. It is not necessary to exaggerate in exercise because, in the long run, your body can weaken.
The key is in performing each exercise correctly because it is the only way to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Also, if you are executing your training carefully you will progress much faster. Properly performed exercise will prevent your muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints from great stress. This will help you maintain fitness, muscle tone, flexibility, and balance. It would be good to do these exercises three to five times a week.
Start with 3 sets of 10 push-ups. The more hands are spaced from the body, the easier it is to perform the exercise. The legs, upper body, and head should be at the same level. The whole body should be tight. Between sets, you can take 30 seconds breaks. Briefly pause just above the floor. Try to hold this position for 12 seconds, every time.
Step up the stairs
This exercise is not just for your legs, but hips to. Your hip plays maybe the biggest role in how well you skate. That is why you need not just to warm up but to strengthen those parts of your body. The ability to transfer the center of gravity of the body to the leading leg is actively developed through this exercise. Skills for shifting your center of gravity are important if you want to be a skilled skater.
Squats with a bar
With this exercise, you will start from an upright position. The bar should rest on your shoulders. Look forward, make sure your knees are slightly separated (the same width as your feet) and slightly bent. Breathe in and start lowering your body into a squat. Keep your back straight and always exhale when lifting.
Although squats are a major leg exercise, your calf muscles shouldn’t be neglected. These exercises can be performed at any place. In the gym, you can find a machine designed specifically for training this muscle group. You can also get great results at home. What is important is that your heels are lifted, so that when you step on your toes your calf tightens completely.
How is your mobility?
Mobility exercises are especially important during intense strength training. These exercises should be done daily because your mobility is essential. Your training should consist of daily gymnastic exercises for 10 to 20 minutes. The choice of exercise depends on the requirements and general level of mobility of the skater. Each dynamic exercise should be repeated 10 to 15 times. Each static exercise should last for 10 to 30 seconds.
You need to build Endurance
A high level of endurance guarantees good technique. That is why a little bit of jogging from time to time will keep you strong enough (of course with a change of pace). There are various articles on how to start running, and the beauty is that you can do it with your skateboard. Beginners are advised to run 1 – 4 minutes and then walk 1-2 minutes at a slower pace. Your endurance training doesn’t need to be longer than 30 minutes.
Cooling and stretching
Stretching is performed by the active (your own effort) and the passive (with help from another person) method. Each position (stretch) should be performed in amplitude to the limit of pain and kept there for about 20 seconds. The positions are static (without moving). Be sure to stretch after each workout and put emphasis on your legs.