Roll into Baysixty6 skate park to put the thrill back into your train­ing, while shov­ing your fat loss, men­tal strength and phys­i­cal tough­ness to a new level

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

We know what you’re think­ing: can a skate park even be a gym? Well, we’d ar­gue that lim­it­ing your­self to bar­bells and weight plates will only hold you back. So, broaden your hori­zons – or shred them. We’re not rec­om­mend­ing you re­place all your in­ter­val ses­sions with tail slides. But, just as glute bridges will add to your dead­lift, learn­ing to skate­board is a func­tional ac­ces­sory to your weekly pro­gramme that will make you a more com­plete ath­lete.

Skate­board­ing burns calo­ries. Har­vard Med­i­cal School notes that a 30-minute ramp ses­sion can grind through 222kcal – more than the daily brisk walk rec­om­mended by the NHS. Mean­while, learn­ing new skills bol­sters your cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing*, im­prov­ing high-level pro­cesses such as your work­ing mem­ory. The kicker? The more chal­leng­ing and en­joy­able the skill, the more ro­bust the re­ward. Add to that the pro­pri­o­cep­tion gains from mas­ter­ing com­plex moves such as the pop shove-it, as well as the tough­ness you’ll de­velop from stack­ing it onto con­crete.

Baysixty6 is the place to jump on board. Be­yond the ex­pert kit in the on-site shop, it’s here that you’ll re­ceive the best coach­ing in the coun­try. “Our main aim is to cre­ate a con­trolled learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple of all abil­i­ties,” says founder Paul Mc­der­mott. There’s no need to be em­bar­rassed: for ev­ery spon­sored pro, there’s a be­gin­ner at­tempt­ing his first kick­flip. Just don’t play the hero: al­ways wear pad­ding. “What’s cooler – a few pads, or a fi­bre­glass cast and the in­abil­ity to roll for months?” asks Mc­der­mott. We’ll see you in the queue for the hel­mets.

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