Skate training in the winter
When the snow starts falling you can’t get out as often as you’d like. Even if you’re ready to brave the cold and clear the snow, the melt can mess up your ride. But you don’t have to give up skating when the winter comes rolling in. There are plenty of ways to stay on top of your game during the offseason.
Snowboarding is a great way to cross train for skateboarding. Although there may be a load of indoor parks to still ride at, it is beneficial to switch up your routine. Not only will your body work muscles that you have been ignoring on the wheels, your mind will have to work a little harder too. Snowboarding is definitely a different beast, but at least you will be familiar with the concept of riding the board and it may come more naturally to you than it would to a non-skater. While they are two separate sports, they certainly complement one another so rent a board and try it out this winter.
By all means, get your rides in at an indoor park when you can as well – especially if you’re training for a competition. You don’t want to take too much time off your board. Indoor parks are often state-of-the-art and offer some amenities that your average outdoor parks don’t like foam pits and numerous ramps.
Skating takes a lot of muscle groups to control your body and the board, not to mention when you’re pulling off those tricks. Strong legs and a solid core are essential to a good ride so keep yourself in shape while you’re not on your board every day. Calf raises, leg presses, leg extensions, and a lot of crunches will help to build the necessary muscles. If you’re not much of a gym guy, you can easily stay in shape at home, just be sure to keep your body strong so you’re not out of shape when it’s time to get back on your skateboard.