People of all different body types find enjoyment in boarding. You can easily learn this sport with a little dedication and time.
Keep in mind that if you want to become a professional or really get into the competition scene, you’re going to need some level of athleticism.
Guys at the highest levels of the sport like Tony Hawk are considered true athletes in the general sense of the word. If you want to be like him you’re going to need to do some training.
Best Training Options
Some of the best tips we can give you to improve your athleticism are below. These are the kinds of things that we and our students have focused on to get better at this sport.
You will need dedication and time to really get good at boarding. If you aren’t willing to put in the work you’re going to get nowhere!
Plyometric and Jump Training
As you might expect, you use your legs a lot when you are boarding. With that in mind, you will need to focus on plyometrics which are usually used for jump training.
It’s best that you do this type of workout at most 3 days per week (source: http://www.flightbasketball.com/best-vertical-jump-workout-program-explosive-results/). If you do more than that you run the risk of injuring yourself or fatiguing your muscles to the point that they don’t actually improve.
This is something we see a lot of people mess up on.
Stretching is really important in our sport. Look at the way Tony Hawk contorts his body as he twists around.
Without proper stretching there is no way you are going to have the flexibility to whip your body around like that. The moves he pulls off put so much strain on your joints that if you aren’t flexible it’s going to hurt!
It also improves circulation which helps your body stay on point through difficult maneuvers (source: http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/stretching-yoga/stretching-exercises).
This is a good place to start for now. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask us. We are always here to help!
Thanks for reading.