Kitesurfing is a mix of finesse, flexibility and power so we need to adapt our program to match. Now obviously I don’t know how fit you already are. So the workout guides are suggested only.
If you rarely exercise just following what we’re recommending will do you fine.
If your a gym rat or bunny, you might want to simply add them on to your existing retune. To start with they may feel a little easy (they may not, especially the stretches may be very difficult) but the idea of this program is that it is progressive so it will build up as we go along.
The biggest problem I had when putting these exercises together was deciding which level to pitch them at. Some of you are probably very fit and some of you probably not so much.
For those of you that are already fit and strong this isn’t designed as a complete workout. Instead think of what I present here as additions to your present workout, that will specifically target the areas you need for kitesurfing. If you find one exercise here in particular that you find difficult add it in to your normal routine.
If you don’t currently workout these are a great place to start.
Be aware, what we are trying to do is build up kitesurfing specific fitness here and these exercises are the best way I have found of doing that, whatever your fitness level, if you find them too easy feel free to complicate matters a bit by adding more weight or doing them for longer.
If you’ve never exercised before you may find some of these exercises pretty tough, again just do your best but do not force anything and if it hurts STOP. We are not trying to kill you, and the slogan “no pain no gain” doesn’t apply here. You should feel like you are exerting yourself but be able to maintain a conversation.
Today we’re going to start with some stretches the idea here is to start building in some flexibility before we build strength, this will reduce your likely hood of injury and give you some of the flexibility and strength that is so needed in kitesurfing.
When stretching the most important thing is not to force it. You should relax into the pose and then simply attempt to breath. If you feel like you can, then on the out breath, sink into the pose a little more. Apart from the dooowg these are all passive exercises and you should have the feeling of just flopping into it, without effort. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t feel it, you should, but it shouldn’t be agony and you certainly shouldn’t be forcing it.
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT
As with all exercise regimes if you are just starting to exercise you should consult with your doctor before you begin.