Eric J Owens. Skateboards. April 25th , 2018.
If you have ever sat and watched the kids at the skate park you may have noticed the difficulty in the tricks they perform. Lets talk about a little about what is going on with these tricks. Balance comes through the ears, site, and the ability to know where we are in space. The brain gives us this ability and is done automatically.
Try some off-ice exercises. When you are at home just practice standing on one leg and bending it. Stand on one foot with your other foot held up but not touching your leg, arms outstretched to the side as you would in skating, head held up. When you can do that for 30 seconds on each leg, repeat it with your eyes closed. If you have no problem with that, buy a wobble board, a half foam roller, a BOSU board, anything that makes balance harder as you practice your way to better balance. Do basic core exercises - crunches for instance. A strong core makes balance easier.
The more you skate the better your balance. In time you will develop strong abs. These muscles are formed by just simply standing on the ice. You might not be aware of it but by just standing on the ice you are using your abs. But I would also recommend that you do yoga and pilates as off ice training for balance. Now you can use the new revolutionized Wii fit balance board; it is awesome. It features four main areas: yoga, strength training, aerobic exercise, balance training. It is not a replacement for off-ice training, however, it can be helpful.
If you are visiting a skate park in your hometown, make sure that you find out all the required information beforehand. It will not be difficult for you to research about the parks hour of operation, the kind of skating options available in the park, and what other facilities and accommodation are available there. Many skate parks are privately held whereas many others are combined with city parks and maintained by the city government. You can either search about them online or can call the operations unit and ask your queries.
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