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Anatomy of a Footskater

Many questions have been asked about what type of body physiology is the best for footskating.

There isn't one specific type, as is the case with all other sports. You can't say that Michael Jordan has a better basketball body configuration than Shaquille O'Neal. And you can't say that Tiger Woods has a better body than Vijay Singh. Even though he does.

The underlying point is this: There are basic physical needs to be a great footskater, but no one specific type of physical build.

Let's explore the basics.

Pretty essential for footskating, although there are those have conquered the world without them.

Lower Leg:
Strong, not necessarily ripped, you're not competing in a beauty pageant. But stamina and strength are needed from this body part.

Upper Leg:
Doesn't hurt to have a little rippedness. It is your power centre. Besides the obvious strength, you need explosive muscle fibres that are able to hit and pop on that skate terrain all day.

Cubes help, but not if you don't have style. Also, you're going to need a strong stomach if you want to be involved in dishing out the sickness. Especially in front of crowds.

Not 100% sure what this is for. In old times, it was supposed to be the seat of all emotions. Emotion is always good during footskating sessions. Don't be afraid to express yourself.

The spleen is also said to be for filtering impurities, for when you cut yourself thrashing it. But you can live without a spleen. So don't worry.

Necessary for grab tricks and keeping yourself stable at speed and when in air. Also the place that contains your heart... the boiler room of the body. Heart is necessary when you're not very good, so that you can try again and hopefully overcome your limitations.

Arms and Shoulders:
This sport is about feet, but do not neglect these extremities. Used as a rudder to control your moves and to stop you from landing on your face when a trick gets out of control.

Provide for flair during tricks and also used in stopping-of-face-hitting-ground in out-of-control-tricks.

A type of antennae that lifts your head a little higher, enabling you to see a little further into the distance. Often used in conjunction with the eyes.

Used to spot terrains that have not yet been ridden. Like empty swimming pools hidden by walls and rooftop parking lots, hidden by shopping mall management.

Not essential, but helps you think up new footskating tricks. Which stops you from doing the same trick over and over until you get put into an institution. Brains also tell you when you are hungry, so that you don't faint at the skatepark and become too skinny.