How would you like to exercise without realizing that you’re exercising? Kiteboarding is one of those sports where it doesn’t feel like you’re doing much work.
You need to be strong in order to kiteboard.
You do not need to be strong. The harness absorbs all the energy from the kite so the bar pressure is surprisingly light. We have taught kids as young as 10 and adults as old as 74 how to kiteboard. We are confident you can learn how to kiteboard!
How is kiteboarding a workout then?
It’s all about how much energy you put into it. If a pro were to go out and ride back and forth then it wouldn’t be much of a workout, but if they were to practice new tricks then they are putting out a lot more energy. We used an Apple Watch to see just how many calories we could burn during a session on the water.
So which muscles are used?
Core and Legs. Kiteboarding is a fantastic workout for your core and legs. While riding, you are constantly edging into the wind and that requires you to be in a semi squat position while keeping a tight core. If you start jumping then you will engage every single little core muscle. One of the best feelings after a day of kiteboarding and jumping in strong winds is the feeling in your core the next day… You will feel like you did a thousand crunches.
Even though kiteboarding is a good leg and core workout, it’s one of those sports where you don’t realize you’re working out until the next day. A common misconception is that you need to be strong in order to kiteboard, you really don’t! With the right gear and right instruction anyone can learn to kiteboard.