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Wakeboard Workout Wednesday #12 – Dumbbell Push Press

This week’s Wakeboard Workout Wednesday is the Dumbbell Push Press.  The DB Push Press is a great power exercise that allows you to use a heavier load than a traditional shoulder press.  You are able to use a heavier load because your legs and hips are involved in the movement.

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Wakeboard Workout Wedenesday #11 – Stability Ball Leg Curl

The 12th edition of Wakeboard Workout Wednesday is the Stability Ball Leg Curl.  The stability ball leg curl is a much tougher version of a seated leg curl, plus it adds more of a functional component because of the instability of the stability ball.

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Wakeboard Workout Wednesday #10 – Medicine Ball Push-Ups

This week’s Wakeboard Workout Wednesday is the medicine ball push-up.  This is an advanced exercise so make sure that you only perform it if you can already perform multiple sets of 15 or more push-ups.

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Wakeboard Workout Wednesday #9 – Russian Twist

The 10th edition of the Wakeboard Workout Wednesday is the Russian Twist.  The Russian Twist is a great exercise for wakeboarding because it involves a rotational component as well as balance.

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To begin the Russian Twist, start seated on the floor with your knees bent and your heels touching the floor.  Lean back slightly in order to engage your abdominals.  Holding a dumbbell, medicine ball, or weight plate, rotate as far as you can to one side touching the dumbbell, medicine ball, or weight plate to the ground.

Be sure to turn your entire torso (shoulders) and do NOT just reach with your arms.  When the dumbbell, medicine ball, or weight plate touches the ground, change directions and move the object to the other side without pausing.  That is 1 repetition.

Perform 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps (20-30 reps total.)

Try and move the object/load as quickly as possible.  Keep in mind that the heavier the load you are using, the slower the object will move.

Also remember that the farther out that you hold the object/load the tougher the exercise will be.   As a set increases in difficulty, bend your arms slightly to bring the weight closer to your body.

The balance, as well as the rotational component of Russian Twists will help you significantly when you are wakeboarding.  If you can use a significant load/weight while performing Russian Twists, it will only increase your body control as well as help you to rotate that much more efficiently while wakeboarding.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about Russian Twists and how they will help you with your wakeboarding.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Wakeboard Workout Wednesday #7 – Core Row

This week’s Wakeboard Workout Wednesday is the core row.  The core row is great to use in order to learn to stabilize your entire core while at the same time unilaterally moving a part of your body.

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Wakeboard Workout Wednesday #6 – Dumbbell L-Raise

This week’s Wakeboard Workout Wednesday is the Dumbbell L-Raise.  The L-Raise is a combination of a lateral raise and front raise.

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Wakeboard Workout Wednesday #4 – Dumbbell Bulgarian Split Squat

The Wakeboard Workout for this week is the Dumbbell Bulgarian Split Squat.  The Bulgarian Split Squat is a great unilateral exercise for wakeboarding.  The Bulgarian Split Squat can be a difficult exercise to learn, but once you become proficient with it, you can use a significant amount of weight.

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Wakeboard Workout Wednesday #2 – Swimmers

This week’s Wakeboard Workout is Swimmers.  All that you need for this exercise is a JC Band (Resistance Band) and a high attachment point (top of a door, pull-up bar, top of a squat rack, etc.)

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Keeping your elbows straight throughout the entire movement, starting with your hands at approximately eye level, explosively drive your hands past your hips, pulling down with your shoulder blades.  Return your hands back up to eye level and repeat the movement.

Depending on the strength of the resistance band, perform 3-4 sets of 12-15 reps.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Wakeboard Workout Wednesday – #1 – Overhead Medicine Ball Slams

Today is the start of a video series called Wakeboard Workout Wednesday.  A new video will be posted every week that is designed to teach you some of the best exercises that you can do in order to help improve your wakeboarding.

The first Wakeboard Workout is the Medicine Ball Overhead Slam.

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Ride Strong with Darin Shapiro

This post was taken from an article that was written on wakeboardingmag.com.  Darin Shapiro is one of the most dedicated, decorated, and most experienced wakeboarders around.  His fitness training is what has allowed him to wakeboard at such a high level for so many years.  When Darin Shapiro talks about wakeboarding and working out, we should all listen.

If you follow the 5 principles that Darin Shapiro lays out in this article, you will improve you wakeboarding, fitness level, and help to prevent injuries.  Check out the video at the end of the article to see Darin “Ride Strong.”

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Words Darin Shapiro Photo Bryan Soderlind

Riding with power, intense edging, going big off the wake — they all require strength and a higher level of fitness than regular riding. Taking your riding to the next level, beyond the second wake, puts far more stress on your body than wake-to-wake riding. To ride at that next level, you need to take your body to the next level too. Charging the wake requires complete commitment and confidence, and the more prepared you are, the better. If you aspire to this style of riding, you need to pay close attention to your strength and fitness levels. Here are some things that have helped me stay fit while pushing a powerful style of riding.

My Philosophy From day one of my riding career, I always followed the philosophy of learn it small, take it big. This process involves learning the trick properly and being able to do it with control. From there, I work on taking it big by starting wide and charging it. Bigger riding requires more strength, because the dynamics get more and more intense. Greater rope tension, landing from higher up, bigger kicks off the wake — it all requires that extra bit of strength. There are many different types of training to help increase your physical performance. If you’re like me, the least exciting one is going to the gym.

Five Days a Week I keep my workout schedule fairly loose, but I’m active a minimum of five days a week, regardless of how much I ride. For wake-to-wake riders, 10 sets a week isn’t a ton of riding. If you’re charging big tricks every set, then five or six sessions a week is enough to take it out of you. So in addition to riding, I do a whole bunch of activities on a weekly basis. It’s important to work on strength, cardio and flexibility when preparing for big riding. A healthy diet is very important too.

Strive for Strength Powerful riding requires strength, but you don’t have to look like a muscle man. My favorite exercises include pull-ups, push-ups and core training. Pull-ups are an essential part of wakeboarding strength training, and they go hand in hand with the core and push-up exercises. I think its really important for people to understand that when doing these exercises, you really have to push yourself through them to see any benefit from your hard work. Keep changing your goals and targets to push yourself harder every time you exercise. Riding with power is all about commitment, so make sure you apply that same thought process to your preparation.

Go Beyond the Treadmill For my cardio, I mountain bike more than anything else. Often, I bike as much as five times a week. In addition, whenever the waves breaking I’ll head to the beach for the day to surf. It’s always fun to also throw in some wakesurfing for good measure when I can. As with the strength exercises, you have to push yourself to get the benefit from these activities. A consistent effort to do this will see your fitness levels increase at a faster rate, and you’ll receive much more benefit from the exercise.

Eat Right You might not want to hear it, but a healthy diet is a big part of making physical gains. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that drinking all night and charging it the next morning is not a good idea. I always try to keep my diet as natural and as fresh as I can. I avoid all junk food and sugary drinks. In addition to my healthy eating habits, I take nutritional supplements. I have always used Shaklee nutritional products. It’s simple: If you eat well and keep things healthy, you’ll feel much better and be able to train and ride at a higher level.

I’m 35! I’ve been charging it hard on my wakeboard since 1991, and I rode on the Pro [Wakeboard] Tour longer than anyone in history. Sure, I’ve been injured, but through these principles, I have bounced back every time. Eight doctors have told I would never ride again, and yet I’m still here charging it. I have always pushed myself to be a better athlete, and fitness and diet have played a major role in my success. So try to follow some of these principles. Hopefully, you will still be riding with power at 35 and beyond.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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