It can be difficult to get started, if you don't have any experience in a gym. So here are some guidelines for getting started with kiteboarding exercises.
Find the Right Program for You
The easiest thing to do is to use my programs. But I've been contacted by some users of the site, who said that their gym was missing some equipment and they couldn't do all the exercises. If you experience the same problem, you can switch some of the exercises with those from the video section, click here.
You can also create your own program from the exercises in the video section, click here. You should choose 6-8 exercises that fit your goal and your riding style. Ex. if you want to get faster rotations to make that double sbend or just make your sbends more stylish, choose an exercise from "Rotational Force Exercise" like the Roll Around. If you want greater pop, choose an exercise from "Power in pop and Landings" category.
How to Execute the Programs and Variations
A pretty basic way to execute the programs would be to do 3 sets of 10-12 repetitions of each exercise. But there are a lot of other ways to do it as well.
- Circuit training - take 2 exercises and do each exercise for 30 seconds with a 15 second break in between. Then just shift back and forth 3-4 times. This is great for building up endurance and cardio. This is probably most like kiteboarding in the real world.
- Do fewer reps for building up great power. Do 5-6 sets of just 5-6 reps in each exercise. Take a 2 minute break in between sets.
- For endurance do 15-20 reps in each exercise and do 3 sets of each. Take a 30-45 second break in between sets.
You can do variations both on sets, reps, breaks, and exercises. It's important to do variations to keep making your body stronger and better. If possible, do small variations each time. Or each week for maximum progression. Never do the same exercise for more than 2-3 months at a time.
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www.KiteboardingExercises.com - Power 2 Progress
On this site you'll find:
- Instructional videos with exercises especially for kiteboarding
- Forum where you can ask about training, talk to other kiteboarders etc.
- Community where you can hook up, follow, talk directly to other users
- Create your own fitness program for kitesurfing
- Technique section for exercises and basic info for preventing injuries
- Learn about injuries
- Your own workout/kite session blog to help you progress in your training
- Nutrition and kiteboarding
- And of course our monthly newsletter
...and a lot more!