Surfing is more than an exciting sport, it’s also a way of life. Being into this lifestyle icludes a fully dedication from cooking to traveling.
Being a surfer is being a citizen of the world, to move is the only constant and to explore and to appreciate nature becomes maximums.
Knowin the ocean, studying the weather charts, Reading surf books, traveling, eating well, always searching new waves, respecting nature, respecting others and respecting yourself, becomes part of this way of life, always hand held of exercising your body (and mind).
Core, balance, legs strenght, lower/upper body, balance and flexibility becomes basics to keep a fit body and a healthy mind.
Stabilize your torso, help your paddling and improves your balance. Strong core muscules will give you a lot of benefits to keep your body fit for surfing. All your body will be in a kind of “tensión” on the surfboard, this is the reasson why your body should be strong. Abdominal muscles will be active in all moment, your feet will keep you in stability and your legs and arms will give you the balance and security for you not to fail.
That’s why core stability training will playa n important part in your overall fitness progam. Transverse, rectus, abdominals, internal obliques and external obliques are the main groups of muscules that make up the core.
There exists many exercises to do which can help you to improve, ones more simple without requireing any equipment and others more advanced core exercises that includes exercise equipment such as medicine balls or swuiss balls.
Having stronger and streight legs will help you to stay balanced and in control of your board.
Upper body and lower body have to be strenght to even paddle out. It is important to make a good workout including all the body parts. You need to streght to paddle into the waves and the strenght to push up onto your feet. Also for push up you will need decent lower body strength. ..Yes, surfing can be hard work! Balance boards and bosu boards are superb and will combine well with other balance training programs. It is just a combination between different needs and exercises to do a good practice.
-BALANCE & FLEXIBILITY:
Balance and flexibility becomes an essential part to workout. It gets quite important when you are into water and onto your surfboard.
Between sessions you can work on this skills to improve and make better your next practice!
Balance and flexibility exercises are ssential into surfing. This is a very physical sport, making this two skills very important.
This trainings strengthen also your hamstrinfs, joints, quadriceps and improve paddling.
Stand on a balance board and do a variety of squats and lunges. If you don’t have a balance board, stand on one foot with your eyes closed. Try to stay balanced for 30 seconds or more. Like all skills, your balance improves the more you practice, so practice daily.
As we’ve already said, surfing is a (very) physical sport, making flexibility more important in this case than in others. A bit of yoga or pilates could help you in this needs. This two sports can make yourself more flexible and will apport you many benefits to your surfing.
In conclussion, it is not about doing a particular extra sport but it is about working your body to be more strong, more flexible and more balanced. Just a part to feel beter to ride waves better!