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Having a good balance is a crucial skill to have as a skateboarder. Let me share with you 4 tips on how to improve balance for skateboarding and become a better rider.
The short answer to that question is you have to train constantly. Thus keeping your body conditioned, but that doesn’t mean you have to perform the same old boring exercises all the time. Luckily there are ways to add more fun to it but may require additional equipment.
The foundation of a solid balance for skateboarding is well-trained muscles. You will not be agile and well-balanced without any kind of physical training.
There are quite simple exercises for skateboarders that are targeted to condition all the main muscle groups:
These exercises don’t require any additional equipment and can be done almost anywhere at any time. Make a routine and try to exercise at least 3-4 times a week, the key here is consistency. You can check out my article on exercises for skateboarders that goes into more detail.
While efficient, exercising can be hard and tiresome. To bring a little fun to your routine start training on a balance board.
A balance board is a great tool to boost your balance and coordination skills. It will definitely impact your skateboarding level. Some skateboarders use a balance board as their training tool. Especially in the off-season to maintain and improve riding skills.
Bosu Ball is a piece of fitness equipment that looks like an exercise ball but is cut in half. It is inflated on one side with a flat platform on the other and makes a good balance trainer.
Same as a balance board, you can use a Bosu ball to train balance and coordination. It can be used on both sides, which means you can either stand (balance) on the soft side or flip it and stand on the solid platform.
If you’re into half-pipe or huge air time jumps then trampoline training is definitely for you. It is fun and effective at the same time.
During the air time and landing a jump you train your air awareness and vestibular system. Your whole body is focused and prepared.
You can use a flat skateboard deck to practice tricks on a trampoline.
All in all, it’s not very hard to improve balance for skateboarding. Of course, it will not happen overnight, you have to be patient and consistent. Exercise regularly, and acquire additional equipment if needed. You can always return to this resource for more useful tips and information.