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Welcome to the Wake 2 Wake Fitness blog!

This blog was started because of the ever increasing popularity of wakeboarding and the rising number of injuries that occur while wakeboarding.

Before, we get into wakeboarding, injuries, and workouts that are designed to improve your wakeboarding, let me tell you a little bit about myself, my background, and how I got into wakeboarding.

I grew up and currently live just east of St. Louis, in Illinois.  I have played organized and recreational sports my entire life, mainly football, basketball, and baseball.  The summer after I graduated from high school, my parents decided to purchase a boat.  When they purchased the boat, the dealer (a business acquaintance of my dad) gave us a wakeboard to try out with the boat.  Other than skiing a couple of times while on a family vacation, I had no watersports experience.  It took my brother-in-law and I quite a few attempts in order to learn how to stand up on a wakeboard, but once we figured it out, we haven’t stopped wakeboarding since.

After high school I attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE.)  While at SIUE I received my B.S. degree in Kinesiology – Exercise and Wellness.

While I was in college and since I have graduated, I have earned multiple certifications which include:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR
  • American Red Cross First Aid


Some of my work experience includes: personal training, sports performance/enhancement, group training, team training, boot camps, and owning & operating my own fitness business.  While in college and since I have graduated, I have worked for and with a variety of different companies, organizations, and teams including:

  • Wake 2 Wake Fitness, LLC
  • Arch Fitness, LLC
  • The Fitness Edge
  • Human Motion Institute Sports Performance
  • Velocity Sports Performance
  • Collinsville Maryville Troy (CMT) YMCA
  • Civic Memorial (Bethalto, IL) High School – Multiple Boys & Girls Athletic Teams
  • Southwestern (Piasa, IL) High School – Girls Basketball Team
  • Metro-East Lutheran (Edwardsville, IL) High School – Boys Basketball Team


One of the requirements before graduating from SIUE was to do a senior project, which was a paper along with a presentation.  While most of the students in my major picked a topic that there was a lot of research on or that we had studied previously in class, I decided to research a different topic.  The main reasons that I did this was to stand out, be different, and also pick a subject that I would know more about than the professors who determined whether I passed or failed.  The subject that I choose to research was wakeboarding injuries and their prevention.

At the time there wasn’t, and still isn’t, a lot of research done on wakeboarding injuries.  Therefore, as part of my project I was also required to write up a sample workout program in order to prevent wakeboarding injuries.  Ever since then I have always enjoyed and been intrigued about designing workouts that not only will help prevent wakeboarding injuries, but also to help improve on the water performance.

I quite often I get asked for tips, tricks, and exercises for people to do in order to prevent injuries and improve their wakeboarding.  That is the purpose for this blog.  My goal is to have 1 central location where wakeboarders can go to get the latest workouts, exercises, stretches, and tools to help them improve their riding while at the same time preventing injuries.

If you have any ideas for blog posts or would like more information on any topic please let me know and I will do my best to help you in any way that I can. 

Please feel free to let me know what you think about the workouts, exercises, stretches, and any other information that you may find on this blog.

Until next time,

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

P.S.  I am NOT an English major, nor will I ever claim to be.  I am 110% sure that there will be multiple grammar and/or spelling mistakes in EVERY post…Please don’t hold it against me.

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