You’ve watched all the X-Games shows. You skated half pipes eyes-closed before your tenth birthday. You reckon you’ve got the goods to take on the world of extreme sports, and maybe you do. Sporting activities across the board require a balanced approach. If you work harder on yourself than you do on your technique, you may become one of the greats, or at least continually top your personal bests. Athletic training, to be of any merit, must combine a few disciplines. Cross training is a must. Total body workouts will ensure that you’re in the shape you want and need to be in for whatever activity you intend to dominate. Too much emphasis on muscle bulk and not enough on flexibility, for example, could see you waving to your mommy through ambulance windows. On the other hand, don’t neglect building some real strength into those muscles or you may not have the stamina to go above and beyond your previous limits.
What we’re talking about here is total commitment. Extreme sports will require more from you than you may have believed you could possibly give. This means you will have demand greatness of yourself. Start reading up on balanced nutritional needs. How much protein will you need for strength? How and when do you pile on the carbohydrates? Which supplements have the best efficacy and absorption rates, and when should you take them? Neglect attitude conditioning at your own peril. Choose this day to build up your positive programming warehouse. We’re all victims of brainwashing, whether through music or advertising or television. Consider carefully what you put into your memory, for it may serve or surprise you when you’re hanging from a sheer rock face by nothing but your pinky. Keep an holistic approach to training yourself, stay committed to the goal, and relish the triumph of going further than you thought you could.