Want to paddle harder, turn quicker, rip harder, and last longer in the water? WELL LISTEN UP!
Surfing is of course FUN! And yes it’s a great workout. But your time in the water and your technique isn’t enough if you want to become GREAT at what you’re trying to accomplish. You don’t realize there is a big piece of the puzzle that will help you reach your full athletic potential.
Do not rely on just surfing as your workout. In addition to making you a better surfer, a solid Strength and Conditioning program will allow you to recover much faster from your battles with the water. You will be less prone to injury and will have more stamina to stay in the water longer and actually having fun instead of struggling to breathe out there.
Let’s Get One Thing Straight
A lot of people think lifting weights is about gaining weight, getting bigger, losing flexibility, and looking like a bodybuilder. Actually it’s the total opposite, lifting weights will actually help you lose body fat, get leaner, gain flexibility, get stronger, and help with overall mental toughness, and of course look like an athlete. Strength & Conditioning training is about training like an athlete, it’s about performing exercises that will transfer over to your sport, which in this case is Surfing. Balancing on a physioball, crunches, and resistant band exercises just wont get the job done. Don’t get me wrong, there is always a time and place for this type of training but usually its when you’re trying to rehab from an injury. Weight Training and the right kind of Speed and Conditioning program will help you enhance your performance.
What Do You Need To Become A Better Surfer?
- 1. Explosive Power and Overall Strength
- 2. Muscle Endurance
- 3. Core Strength
- 4. Nutrition!!!!!
Explosive Power & Strength
You can gain these attributes by performing Plyometrics, Olympic Lifts, and just overall Resistance Training.
Note: Lifting weights and performing the right exercises will help you gain balance, coordination, and flexibility.
You can gain muscle endurance by Circuit Training, or as simple as cutting your rest period down between exercises and sets.
Crunches and Sit-ups are HORRIBLE when trying to gain core strength. You must perform specific core exercises such as Planks, Side Planks, Bird Dogs, Etc.
This could probably be the most important aspect of your training plan. If you do not eat right, all the training you’re doing is for nothing.
Use a Jet Ski for example, if those Jet Ski’s aren’t filled with plenty of fuel there is no way they are able to battle through those water’s to come save our asses. Same goes for our bodies, if we are constantly trying to perform on an empty tank or cheap gas we will not be able to perform to full potential and eventually shut down.
Remember: “Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance”
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