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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Skimboarding Training - Balance: Exercise Ball

Balance is crucial to being a good skimboarder. By improving your balance, you will also improve your board riding skills. One way that you can improve your balance, even when you can’t skim, is by using an exercise ball. With bare feet, stand on the top of the exercise ball. At first you may want to use a chair or some long sticks to help you balance, but after a while you be able to stand on the ball without the aid of any supports. Be careful, you may fall a few times before you get the hang of it so you might want to start on grass or somewhere relatively soft and without anything that you may fall on or into. In addition to being a great way to improve your balance, it is also a great workout for your leg muscles. To add some difficulty once you have the hang of it here are a few things you can try. Have someone play catch with you while you are balancing on the ball. Do squats on the ball. Jump up in the air and land back on the ball. Do a body varial (jump and spin your body 180 degrees and land back on the ball). If you can do a body varial on the ball, you should have no problem landing pop shuvits!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

doing a varial on an exercise ball is just about the dumbest thing i've ever heard of. ...perfect way to sprain your ankle or knee. that makes it pretty counterproductive to what you're trying to accomplish.

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