Updated: Nov 12, 2019
Whether we are learning to kitesurf for the first time, or starting to progress to a new trick, or trying to fly as high as possible our bodies need to be prepared.
The main advantages of specific physical preparation is to perform at a high level and pus. You have the ability to endure longer sessions, 1 hour sessions turn into 3, you consciously making better decision through being more mentally aware of your surrounding. But the key, is that you stay away from injury.
Kitesurfing can requires a lot of impact depending on the conditions and situation. It is also easy to twist and rotate in the harness, whilst having your ankles locked in footstraps. Its the perfect recipe for a ruptured ligament, sprain, fatigued lower back or cramp in lower legs or forearms.
When riding in choppy waters, or windy conditions holding an edge your legs eventually become more fatigued. This can increase the level if impact going through your knee joints, as well as increasing the risk of a rotational injury to the joints.
HOWEVER. There is good news. You can significantly reduce this risk with some structure to your gym programme whilst training to match your riding style.
THE TOP 5 EXERCISES FOR KITEBOARDER’S
Single Leg Glute Bridge
Single Leg Overhead Step Up
Bent Over Dual Kettlebell/Dumbbell Row
Adding these exercises into your training routine will allow you to perform on the water. You will be able to kite longer than your friends and learn more in every session while feeling confident. When you are functionally moving well, physically robust and fighting fit for the water you are able to continually progress your kiteboarding.
Below is a video from Jake Kelsick on the top 5 progressive freestyle tricks for beginners!
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