For me, from 28-33 I feel like was some of the best skating of my life, and that's a little older for what most people say. I think it had to do with taking care of myself, eating right, exercising. That stuff changes your skating, you can easily feel like 10 years younger than what you would if you weren't doing that stuff.

 ­­– Andrew Reynolds

should skateboarders work out?

This one's another controversial topic in skateboarding. It’s something that’s been neglected by skateboarders for a long time, and the idea of it often generates an image in the mind of a guy oiled up, flexing, in a pair of Speedos – working out, exercising, pumping the beef, or whatever you want to call it.

 

In this article I'm going to show you why it isn’t only about public flexing and just a short amount of time doing certain exercises each week can help you skate with less effort, increase your energy levels, protect you against injury, speed up how fast you recover, along with helping you take a slam and much more. Click the following link If you want to jump straight to the list of exercises for skateboarders, all of which can be razzed in your house, in your normal clothes, with no equipment, and with self-oiling completely optional.

benefits on your skating.

  • First off, when you start working out, in the first few months you’re going to acquire a bonus load of free strength that comes from your nervous system just learning how to synchronise the firing of your muscles and muscle fibres better.

  • This along with the increases in strength that come as you continue to work-out are going to give you more strength to do your tricks making each trick require less energy and less effort.

  • This in turn will improve your endurance, leave you feeling lighter on your board, and more energised throughout your session in general.

  • Exercises that practice movements similar to what you do when you’re skating, if done right can teach you how to move in a more efficient, natural way when you’re skating; that’s healthier for your body and will improve your skating.​ For example you squat every time you pop a trick, if you squat with bad form this will negatively influence how much strength you can generate when you pop your tricks, meaning less pop, along with increasing the risk of injury.

injury prevention.

  • Injuries also often occur from the forces of skating surpassing the forces your body can handle, but working out, which increases the strength of your whole body; your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and even your bones, will allow your body to withstand more force, decreasing injury risk.

  • This extra strength will allow you to sack a handrail and walk away like a boss, unharmed. Nah, you're on your own for shinners and sacks, but it will protect you against some more muscly slams.

  • On top of this, certain exercises can also improve your body’s ability to absorb impact when you’re skating gaps and rails which is even gunna help you land your hammers!

  • When you become fatigued your body can lose the ability to maintain proper functionality, along with lowering your coordination and focus, not only will this increase your risk of injury but also make you skate worse.

  • Increasing your endurance will help you stay on point for longer as your body learns to recover faster during the session and maintain your energy levels for longer.

skateboarding is the best work out for skateboarding.

Skating in itself is already a work out, and in terms of improving your body’s ability to handle skating, there isn’t anything better than skating itself but considering how much stress skateboarding puts on your body, working out in between is an important addition. A good way of thinking of the whole thing is with this delightful little metaphor.

 

If you imagine going out of the house in the rain with one of those little umbrellas you get in Pina-Coladas you’d get absolutely soaked, but as you increase the size of your umbrella, the more it covers you, the less wet you’ll get. Working out for skateboarding works in the same way; it’s just preparation for your body to be able to handle more than the stresses skateboarding puts on your body. If your body can generate more force than what’s needed for your tricks, or more force than what’s needed to protect you from injury then at the end of your session you’ll skate off into the sunset and everything will be fine.

Ah and one final thing to add - the more you start protecting your body now, the longer you’ll be able to skate as you get older and the better you’ll feel. But don't take my word for it, The Boss himself says it in the video above:

For me, from 28-33 I feel like was some of the best skating of my life, and that's a little older for what most people say. I think it had to do with taking care of myself, eating right, exercising. That stuff changes your skating, you can easily feel like 10 years younger than what you would if you weren't doing that stuff.

For a list of exercises that will help you with everything mentioned in this article click the link below.

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