The Secret to Stronger Water-Skiing


In the spirit of outdoor activity and putting the fun in fitness, here are some great exercises that will improve your water-skiing. As anyone who experiences it knows, water-skiing is more complicated than standing up and holding onto a rope! It’s a sport of skill and strength, and requires many muscle movements to do it right and comfortably. When getting ready to hit the water, focus on developing these key areas while in the gym (we don’t want unauthorized splits with those skis on!): knee stability, inner thighs, back, core and forearms. With a little extra attention, you’ll find you’re able to get out of the water easier, feel more stable cutting in and out of the wake, and prolong that beautiful ride.

Knee Stability:

Bosu Squats – To increase the intensity of this exercise and further test your balance while building strength, perform the squats on your Bosu while doing front shoulder raises with a medicine ball.

bosu squats

Inner Thighs:

Lateral Lunges – Make sure to keep one leg straight and focus on sitting back on your hip. Weights are not necessary, but a great intensity increaser if you can add them!


Single Arm Standing Rows are a great way to build strength and stability at the same time.


Simple crunches just won’t do for a sport like water-skiing. Focus on the kind of movements that keep you strong while standing.

Anti-Rotation Overhead Press – Start with the band pressed into your chest and push up while keeping your core engaged. Make sure to keep a straight vertical line while pushing up.

Rotation Press 1  Rotation Press 2

Side Planks with a Row are another great core exercise.


While working all of these muscles, it’s easy to forget the simple things that apply to water-skiing, like HOLDING ON! So here is a great exercise that will increase your forearm strength: Dumbbell Farmer’s Walks. Hold heavy dumbbells by your side, keep your back straight, and WALK! Done deal.

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Luke Andrus is a certified personal trainer, ACE health coach, writer, folk music drummer, husband, and a father. Most of his writing experience is in poetry and fictional short stories, and he also proposed to his wife with a self-published children's book. He is a Narnia nerd with a degree in History, a minor in English, and a semi-obsession with the French language. He believes that fitness is not just about vanity, but about lifestyle, integrity, and the ability to take control of your life.