A lot of people who are just getting into skateboarding, or getting back into skateboarding ask ‘How Do I Get In Shape For Skateboarding?’
First of all let me commend you for taking the initiative to find this out because getting in shape for skateboarding is a good idea for a lot of reasons…
First of all, strengthening and loosening your connective muscles that are used a lot when skating helps to prevent injury.
Second doing cardio helps build your endurance and also lose some extra weight.
While you by no means have to be skinny to skate, losing a few extra pounds can make pulling off tricks a lot easier. It also means you’re less likely to get badly hurt when falling, and that there is less stress on your joints.
Here’s my simple but comprehensive guide to getting in skate shape.
Since when you’re skateboarding you’re constantly doing cardio, you don’t need to do an awful lot here. Instead it’s good to recommend focusing on high-intensity sprints to build explosiveness, star jumps to help build strength of common impact areas. Skip rope does much the same.
- Star Jumps,
- Skip Rope.
Bodyweight training is mostly useful for strengthening your core muscles which are used for stablization and balance. You can also do things like vertical leaps to help improve your overall pop on the board.
- Leg Raises,
- Vertical Leaps.
Skateboarding puts creates massive amounts of impact damage on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc. Strengthening some of those areas can be very beneficial to prevent injury and long-term joint degeneration.
- Calf Raises.
Stretching & Mobility:
Stretching & mobility drills help keep you flexible and limber. This helps prevent injuries when falling. It’s always important to warmup before skating, it’s also a good idea to stretch afterwards which helps to prevent you pulling muscles.
Doing a warmup can often include many of the things above, but usually it focuses on mobility and a bit of bodyweight training. Check out this great video by Ben Degros to know how to warmup well.
Nutrition is an important part of being in shape for skateboarding. It’s going to help you recover if you get it right, and it’s also going to keep you in decent shape. You can do everything above perfectly, but if you’re over-eating you’ll still gain lots of weight over time.
As a general rule, today I just try to make sure I’m eating clean unless I’m out with friends doing social things. This is kind of like eating right 90% of the time and ‘cheating’ 10% of the time. It works fine for me.
People talk about your eating habits, and that’s really the key… It’s a habit. You can either be in the habit of eating healthily, or not, in which case you know you need to work on it.
Rest & Recovery:
Resting is really important, you absolutely need to try to rest as much as possible when not skating. So fitting in a lot of the above can be difficult.
In general I try to have at least one day a week where I’m not doing tricks, and one day a week where I’m not doing anything at all. The rest of the week I am very active as I need to fit in skateboarding, stretching, workouts, etc.
Recovery comes down to both nutrition, stretching, and sleep. If you’re a night owl like me, try to get to bed even an hour earlier and it can make a lot of difference.
Get a multi-vitamin to fill the gaps that are in all of our modern diets today.
Lastly, when showering make sure that you are spending a little time under the cold setting. It definitely sucks, but it helps with recovery.