Skateboarders have long held reputations for being slackers. The baggy pants, laid-back disposition, and all-around air of chill some skaters exhibit have personified the stereotype—but that doesn't mean that skaters weren't serious about at least one thing. Above all, most have been dedicated to their craft.
Skating well can be tough, both because of the particular type of strength and coordination it takes and the high risk of injury if bailing on a trick goes wrong. And with competitive skating on higher platforms than ever—the sport was slated to make its Olympic debut in the Tokyo Games in 2020 before postponement—the athletes onboard have become more and more serious about their physical training.
Heimana Reynolds, a 21-year-old pro skater and world champion who was gunning for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team before the coronavirus pandemic, supplements his time on the board with solid, science-backed workout regimen.