The key to staying in shape is to keep active, and even if you don’t have a gym membership, there are plenty of other activities to keep you fit and focused. To give you an idea of the numerous different water ski exercises available, we asked three professional trick skiers to describe the top two ways they keep in shape while off the water.
Mix it up I like to take advantage of my local environment when working out. Living on the beach in Destin, Florida, provides several natural opportunities for fitness and allows for variety, so I don’t get bored. One day, I’ll take my paddleboard out on the bay, and the next day, I’ll canoe in the Gulf. I also like to spend 30 to 45 minutes several days each week running on the beach with my Labrador retrievers Stoney and Margarita. I try to engage in both aerobic and anaerobic activities when I train, and I dedicate at least 45 minutes to each workout.
Establish a routine Attempting to stay in shape while working full-time is a balancing act itself. By the time you get off work at the end of the day, you typically have a mound of excuses for not working out. To overcome this, either find a buddy who will exercise with you after work, or try exercising in the morning before work. Teaming up with a friend forces you to be more committed to exercising on a regular basis. And even though I’m not a morning person, if I do the first 10 minutes of a workout in the morning, I’m usually more alert and tuned into my exercise routine. Plus, it’s a great way to kick-start both your day and your metabolism.
Find a good personal trainer They can be a bit pricey, but they’re absolutely worth every penny. By making a commitment to working with a trainer several days each week, you’ll find yourself in the best shape of your life.
Just do it Fitness doesn’t require going to a gym — just stay active! Regardless of what activities you choose, try to fit in some type of exercise six days a week. You can bike, run, hit the weights, play tennis, play basketball or do whatever else you enjoy. By staying strong and keeping the weight off when you’re not on the water, it’s much easier to transition into and perform well in the upcoming ski season.
Take it to the tramp I’m mainly in the gym doing different exercises to keep my core strong. I also do a lot of aerobic activities, such as running and biking, which help keep my cardiovascular system fit for next season. Outside of general fitness, one of the best ways for trick skiers to hone their skills while on land is to practice tricks, like flips and spins, on a trampoline with a rope.
Give yoga a go One important aspect of off-season training is injury prevention and yoga is great for this. Nearly every day, I go through a few yoga poses and exercises. This really helps me stay flexible in the offseason, which goes a long way toward preventing injury during the first few weeks of the ski season.