Bodyboarding is a “full” browsing water sport. It requires the usage of your entire physique, although relying in your stage of driving chances are you’ll have to be extra conscious of and situation totally different muscle teams.
The leg muscular tissues are the primary group you’ll want to situation. Used for swimming from shore out to the place the waves break, paddling into waves, and in addition as leverage for turning whereas driving the waves. Leg positioning and motion throughout excessive efficiency bodyboarding methods can also be used to manage your momentum. No leg power or stamina makes for a really brief surf session.
I’m together with the toes right here as a result of generally chances are you’ll get foot cramps when swimming. In my expertise that is often an impact of both your bodyboarding fins not becoming correctly or leg muscular tissues tightening up from overuse /exhaustion which in flip pulls on the muscular tissues in your toes.
The arms are usually used for paddling, although not as completely as with conventional browsing. Personally, I take advantage of arm paddling primarily to provide the legs a relaxation from kicking throughout prolonged “paddle outs” or for further boosts of velocity when paddling for a wave. Arm power can even be wanted for performing superior bodyboarding maneuvers which can be unique to this water sport since it’s essential to maintain on to your board as you flip, twist, spin–sometimes all on the identical time–and fall out of the sky when doing aerial strikes.
Since for many riders nearly all of the time can be spent mendacity with the abdomen on the bodyboard, the “ab” muscular tissues should have the ability to assist and direct the burden of your physique. Additionally, when doing superior maneuvers like airs, rolls, ARS’s, and flips you’ll be freefalling onto your abdomen. Robust belly muscular tissues will assist maintain the wind from getting knocked out of you and the fast restoration you’ll make insures that you’ll not lose velocity upon affect.
Weak abdomen muscular tissues can even put further accountability on the again muscular tissues to soak up the affect of arduous landings. Should you discover you’ve recurring again ache after doing superior bodyboarding strikes, I can inform you first hand that bettering your ab power could probably scale back or eradicate your again issues.
This brings us to the final group of muscular tissues I’ll discuss…the again muscular tissues. It’s best to have a powerful again no matter your ability stage, however superior strikes require loads of twisting, arcing, and physique english that may solely be completed with a powerful, versatile again.
So now that know what muscular tissues to situation for this water sport, it is time to begin having fun with the vast world of browsing. Seize a board and fins, and exit and have a fantastic bodyboarding session. Get pleasure from!