Surfing is one of the best things in the world but it is really exhausting, isn’t it? It looks so easy… Paddle out, wait for the right wave and then …ride it smoothly. But to be honest: Surfing is hard work and it involves your whole body. It requires not only a good general fitness, but also strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. In addition, surfers should have a well-developed sense of balance and have good coordination skills .
Fit for Surf: Pro-surfers show you how
Professional surfers show how: Even if they have the possibility to surf the best waves all over the world anytime they want, they’re still working out and add a comprehensive dry-land training ashore. Hence you should not workout just when there is no surfable wave on your doorstep is self-explanatory. To exercise regularly is easier said to be done. The list of excuses is long and your weaker-self is tough. So my training plan must fulfill specific requirements .
Requirement 1: variance and variety
The ideal workout contains it all – units for strength, endurance , flexibility and balance. Strength and endurance training will build up your muscles. A good flexibility prevents injuries and keeps growing up your range of motion. With balance training you will not just train your balance. It also benefits your posture and improves your cordination. These basic physical skills are relevant for surfing . If you serving all of them with appropriate training , not only your surfing skills will increase, but also the training schedule varied and you’re not bored so quickly.
Requirement 2: Quick but spicy
Not everyone has the time to go swimming or to the gym for three or four times a week. A good workout needs to be easy integrated into daily routine and for me that means , it should not take too long. ” I don’t have time” is most common excuse for not working out. But you will have 20 or 30 minutes, haven’t you? That’s why I rely on short but intensive units. HIIT is the magic word. (What the benefits of this training are? I’ll explain to you in another post)
Requirement 3: Simple and (almost) without Equipment
I do not want to go to the gym to workout. I appreciate not to buy any expensive equipment and then leave it in the corner. Using your own bodyweight (Functional Training or Freeletics ) and ” small ” equipment, such as a jump ropes or resistance bands, can lead to an effective and uncomplicated workout. The advantage of this: your muscles are not trained isolated, as in classical training. On a surfboard you don’t need only the biceps, then triceps and after that your trapezius muscles – all work effectively and functional together! In this training you workout many muscles of the same functional group simultaneously and in interaction.
Dry-land-Training will sustainably improve your surfing
In summary, a surf-specific workout needs to be practical, simple and effective. It must help you to surf better. If the workout-plan hits the above-mentioned requirements, I’ll stay motivated – not only much easier – in the long term, but will also be fit for surf!
How you can put it all together and customize your goals and needs, I am going to show you how you will make your own “Fit for surf” training plan.