Hi, surfing athlete!
Surf fitness is not about lifting massive weights and building muscle mass that will scare off animals and small children. Although a strong and developed body is indeed impressive, you want to focus on functional exercises that make you a better surfer.
Have you tried these surf mobility exercises?
Restore movement into tight and restricted joints… loosen up, man!
These are movements that will help you restore dynamic flexibility, free common areas of restriction, and get your body moving efficiently. To surf with style, speed, and flow takes a combination of strength, agility, flexibility, and mobility. These mobility and flexibility drills are targeting specific areas to restore full body flexibility so you can surf and move athletically.
- Go down on your hands and knees, looking straight front.
- Arch your back up, flexing your abs (looks like a cat arching its back) and hold that for 4 seconds.
- Let your back sag down sticking your glutes out (you are going to feel that in your lower back) and hold for 4 seconds.
The important part when doing this exercise is focusing on contracting your abs. As you go down, flex your lower back muscles too.
This exercise works your shoulders, core and gives you a nice hamstring stretch.
- Start with your feel shoulder-width apart and keep your legs straight as you bend down and touch your hands as close as you can to your feet.
- From there, you are going to walk your hands one at a time (remember to keep your legs straight).
- Keep walking your hands until your are in push-up position, keeping your core tight in a nice straight line.
- Don’t let your hips sag but at the same time don’t raise them up.
- Keep walking your hands past the push-up position over your head so that you are stretched out and use your core to stabilize yourself.
- Walk right back up slowly with your hands, all the way until your hands touch your feet again.