Cool board. This exercise program originated with surfers and involves balancing on a lacquered wooden board which has grip tape for the feet and rests on a rubber ball. Great for balance, coordination, agility and working the core muscles (which run the entire length of our torso), abdominals, calves and glutes, and for practicing your surfing and snowboarding on dry land.
Core training. The core muscles are those that stabilize the spine and pelvis. Core strength is considered vital for optimal performance in most sports, as well as keeping lower backs pain-free. Yoga and Pilates both focus on the core, as do personal trainers, who always incorporate core and abdominal training into a workout. It is important to work the muscles around the shoulders and hips, as well as the abs and obliques (stomach) for a strong physique and correct posture.