The most common way of moving on a skateboard is by pushing. There are two different stances, left foot forward (regular) and right foot forward (goofy). Some people also remove their front foot of the board to push and stand on their back foot, this is called mongo. Although pushing mongo is considered ‘not cool’ by the street skateboarding community it is often done deliberately by distance skateboarders. This way both legs contribute to the workout equally and you will train your body more symmetrical. Skateboarding in which people alternate between all type of stances and in combination with pumping is often referred to as ‘skogging’.

Pushers often use boards which are very low to the ground. The advantage of a lower board is that you do not need to bend your leg as much as with a higher board, this could save you a lot of energy in the long run.

Bas Postema, photo by: Erik-Jan van Gelderen

Bas Postema, photo by: Erik-Jan van Gelderen