No matter what kind of extreme sports you're into, the BEST kind of training to keep you from getting injured and keep your strength is resistance training.
What is resistance training? Simply put, resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance.
The push/ pull system that is activated when you work a muscle can mimic conditions you'll experience in your sport and strengthen your muscle or muscle group for protection against potential injury.
Here are my five favorite exercises that are great for skateboarders, snow cross racers, snowboarders, surfers, etc, and make you a better athlete.
1. Calf Raises
Any time you begin any movement with your legs, your calf muscles are the first to engage. A strong calf muscle means you're beginning each movement with strength.
When you squat, you are engaging 242 different muscles and muscle groups that stabilize you and keep you strong on your feet. Keeping a squat in your training regimen keeps your movements explosive and powerful.
3. Bench Press
The bench press is beneficial for any movement that utilizes a pushing motion. For example, a snow cross rider may need to push their machine away for safety in order to bail, and those who have worked on their bench press can be stronger, safer and more confident in their handling of their machine.
4. Lat pull-downs
The lat pull down is the complimentary motion to a pushing motion. In motocross, being able to pull quickly keeps turns tighter and stronger, and can be the difference between 1st and 2nd place. Working both the 'push' and 'pull' movements with resistance can assure better performance and safety.
5. Abdominal Training
The core is the power center of the entire body. Core strength protects your back, makes your movements safe and controlled and helps you maintain balance. I recommend doing core exercises that utilize a twist in order to prepare your body for sudden and unusual movements, and to protect from injury.
The main bonus you’ll gain from resistance training is confidence. Most who use trainers and train hard are much more confident in their tricks, stunts and moves. When you enter a move or trick with mental strength, you know you’ll stick it. Another benefit is having the strength to control your body in awkward or unusual positions. Extreme athletes who train are less likely to obtain career ending injuries, and those that do heal much faster due to muscle protection.
If you are looking to up your game, make sure to incorporate these five movements into your training regimen, and if you want a plan built specifically for your sport, log on to www.ogexperience.com/diet-and-training to order a plan today!