What muscles are important to train for water skiing?

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
Important areas to work for water skiing are the core, grip strength, thighs, and back. However, it is important to train all the major muscle groups for wakeboarding as the body works together as a unit, not as individual muscles in isolation. To train the core use exercises like prone iso-abs. To perform the prone-iso abs, or plank, lie on your stomach with the elbows under the shoulders and the forearms on the ground. Lift your body up until you are in a flat back position, hold for 2 seconds, and then return to the ground. Perform 1-2 sets of 15 slow tempo repetitions for this exercise. For grip training, hold a heavy dumbbell for a set amount of time. Start with 30 seconds and increase the time up to 120 seconds for 2-5 sets. Rest for 30-60 seconds between sets. To work the thighs, perform bar squats for 1-3 sets of 12-20 repetitions using a slow tempo and light weights. Rest for 45 seconds between sets. To work the back, perform standing cable rows using the same set, repetition, tempo, weight, and rest protocol as the squats.

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