For those of you in the southern hemisphere winter is upon us now which will mean a lot less surfing. Even if the weather is still good where you are there are a few things you can do to stay fit between surfing. Here in this article, we’ll outline some great exercises that will keep you fit during downtime and help take your surfing to the next level. And if you’re really serious about surfing, consider getting a personal trainer. You’ll see better results a lot quicker when you invest in your own trainer.
Surfing is a beautiful sport. It incorporates a great mix of strength, power, fluidity, speed, flexibility and endurance. All this puts a lot of demand on you which is part of the appeal to many surfers. As with any sport if you expect to stay good and get better you must bring some extra workouts into it besides the sport itself. Read on to see what you can do to stay on top of your game.
Since surfing incorporates your entire body you’ll need to give all parts their due. It’s also a good idea to assess your current level of fitness and track yourself as you go.
Do a proper warm up before every surf session
To prevent excessive muscle soreness, do some limbering up before you get in the water. This will loosen up your muscles for the strenuous activity ahead. This will help prevent injuries and keep you fresh for the next day’s surfing.
Your core should receive plenty of attention as it controls most of your muscles and will aid your balance. Core training can be easily done without any equipment. Those being the front plank and indo press-up. The more advanced techniques will require the use of exercise equipment like medicine balls or Swiss balls.
Without good upper body strength, you’ll never be able to paddle enough for those bigger waves. In surfing, you use your arms for just about everything, paddling against walls of white water, paddling into waves and then the strength to push yourself up on the board. Dumbbell training is great for this along with any other weight lifting.
You’ll need good lower body strength if you hope to hold your balance, make big turns and hold out on those longer waves. Exercises for lower body don’t require much equipment. Start with squats and lunges. You can then move on to balance boards.
Swimming should never be left out of your exercise routine. It will not only build your confidence in the water but also train all the muscle groups mentioned above. If you’re short on time for training then perhaps you can skimp on other exercises but you must swim regularly.
While not as good as swimming, you should still incorporate some aerobic exercises into your routine like running and cycling. This will condition your heart and lungs giving you more breath and building endurance.