One of the great things about skateboarding is that it’s pretty accessible to people at any fitness level and at any age. You don’t really NEED to do strength training in order to learn tricks, but it can make a big difference in combatting wear and tear on your joints, help you get higher jumps, and give you more stamina to skate for longer. Here are our tips on getting in shape for skateboarders.
Strengthen Your Joints
Probably the most important thing you can do is to strengthen your joints and the areas around them, specifically your ankles, knees, and hips because they’re what absorb a lot of your shock when you land a jump. When doing these, make sure to warm up and do dynamic stretches, as well as static stretches after the workout. These will help you with flexibility and will make sure you don’t shock your joints.
For higher jumps, you’ll want to practice jumping exercises as well as core strengthening. Having a strong core will help keep you balanced and straight while jumping bodyweight exercises will, as you might expect, simply help you get used to working the muscles you’ll use in jumps and help you jump higher and practice longer.
Finally, cardio is a great way to build stamina. You probably already know that skateboarding does give you some cardio, judging by the fact that you might be out of breath after a session. So to give yourself longer sessions, and to allow yourself to do more intense tricks without getting too tired, some time on a treadmill or in an aerobics class isn’t a bad idea.