Most of us, surfers, are reasonably in shape from going for a surf on a regular basis. However, have you ever thought if you are reaching your potential when it comes to your health, fitness, energy and surfing ability? Most of the people don't even come close. Our body is meant to be strong, full of energy, power and flexibility. The biggest enemy of our absolute vital health is our lifestyle that makes us sit for long periods (work, commuting, TV, pubs...), the unhealthy foods that are widely available and marketed... and our own bad habits like wrong posture, smoking, stress and fatigue that prevents you and me surfing as much as we want. Here is a surf fitness program that helped hundreds of surfers that I coached, to take it to the next level. …
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2016! [caption id="attachment_556" align="aligncenter" width="636"] NEW CALEDONIA Photo: Joli[/caption] For years we’ve all sought out vitamin solutions (which are on the right track) but popping a few vitamin tablets and calling it a day isn’t enough... The answer is that every surfer's body needs a vastly improved intake in a wide range of nutrients, and we need to have simple nutritional solutions... Solutions that will vastly improve our nutritional intake, through functional superfoods with higher nutritional values. These functional foods enable us to easily gain wellness. (more…)
Are you heading off on a surf trip in 2015? Today I would like to share with you 3 surf fitness tips that will double your wave count and improve your surfing. 1. NUTRITION When you go on a surf trip and the waves are pumping, there’s no doubt you’ll want to maximise your time in the water, keep your energy levels high & your decision making ability at its peak. In order to achieve this, you need to keep your blood sugar levels stable. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you’ll be back on the boat/hotel room exhausted before everyone else. (more…)
HAPPY NEW YEAR from the team here at Easy Surfing Fitness!! Have you been getting some good waves recently? To start off the year 2015, I would like to offer you this simple but extremely effective routine to build your strength and balance to be a better surfer in 2015: BOSU Agility Routine BOSU SQUATS This is a very simple, straightforward exercise. If needed, it can be done next to a chair or a counter to hang onto for a better support. Regardless of what level of this routine is being performed, it should not take more than 5 minutes of your time. The difficulty progression is as follows: Standing on two feet Standing on toes of both feet Jumping on two feet Squatting down on two feet Standing on one foot…
Having a strong core is essential for being a good surfer and preventing injuries. In this exclusive video, Troy from Easy Surfing Fitness shows you how to perform 8 basic and extremely effective core exercises to build a stronger, leaner and fitter physique. Whether your surf trip is coming in a few weeks or next year, you want to keep fit, feel good and look great all year. If you like this video, you will love our full PRO Surfing Fitness Blueprint. It is packed with different strength and fitness workouts, nutritional advice, flexibility training and exercise descriptions and video. Download It Here
I'm not a massive fan of long-distance running. Back in the old days, when we had to do it at school, I was bored. Every time I sign up for another charity 'fun run' event of 15-20km straight line jogging, I can't wait until I am done with the run and just have the well-deserved beer at the finish line. I'm the type of person that loses motivation when I can't see the finish line. So what's my motivation for training? To paddle through a clean-up set, duck-dive a bomb and get in back in the line-up to catch another wave. To lift something heavy, sprint a short distance, to climb a rope up to the ceiling. That's when I'm willing to work hard - even if my hands are hurting, or I'm trying…
Happy Friday, surfing athlete. Here are 2 additional surf mobility exercises to try this weekend. You want to loosen up and restore full flexibility in your arms, legs and core between the surf sessions. Breath squats incorporate deep breathing and stretching into a simple yet effective routine that targets the whole body. Once you are warmed up, move on to Climber stretch with rotations, which adds some strength component to this routine. If you like these exercises, you will love the full PRO Surfing Fitness Bluepring. Get it here. (more…)
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! (more…)
For best results, every surfing athlete would ideally focus on multiple-joint and multiple-muscle exercises. Unlike bodybuilders, it is not in your best interest to isolate small muscle parts. If you want to builder a stronger, more stable posterior muscle chain (glutes, hamstrings, lower back) then you need to have a go at this exercise. As an added bonus, it will also help improve your balance. Make sure you focus on having perfect form including keeping your back from rounding (you want to keep a straight back). BOSU Bodyweight Squats An advanced exercise that will challenge all your tendons, joints, and muscles while forcing you to keep supreme balance. Good balance is the key to success if you want to enjoy longer rides and avoid wiping out. Flip the BOSU upside down and slowly…
I stumbled upon this total body workout visual guide and have to share it, as it is very similar to what I do a couple of times a week at least. It is a body-weight routine that will target your quads, frontal hip flexors, glutes, shoulders, triceps and core. All are important muscle parts for your surfing - stronger paddling, faster turns, leaner body and more stamina. You don't need any gym membership, equipment, fancy machines or a personal trainer. Credit to nelarey.com for this niceinfographic. If you like this workout, you will love our PRO Surfing Fitness Blueprint that you can download here. Enjoy!
If you are struggling with time and only have about 20 minutes to exercise today, here is a quick full-body workout that will challenge whole body: from your legs and balance through your core up to shoulders for better paddling and stronger stamina in water. Start with a 5-minute warm-up. It can be a combination of the following: 1 minute jumping rope 1 minute star jumps 1 minute burpees and a light jog for 1 minute. Take rest 20 seconds between each. Here's the main part. (more…)
What's the best cardio workout for surfers? Most people assume that the best way to lose weight and get fit is some form of consistent and static cardio. They might think that running on a treadmill for 30 minutes straight, at the same speed, is an incredible workout for losing weight and getting fit. Similarly, most also think that this translates into helping you increase your endurance for surfing. This could not be further from the truth. (more…)
Functional core strength will take your surfing to the next level and the best way to achieve this is to fatigue your abs throughout this workout routine. We already talked about planking as a very effective way to build your abs in a previous post - here is an extra technique to strengthen your core, shoulders, knees, back and hips: Side Planks (more…)
Chicama in Peru is a famous left-hander point break that oozes perfection and offers some of the longest rides on the planet. Last May, a New Guinness World Record in Chicama was achieved by the Peruvian charger Cristobal de Col. Check out the video: Count 'em! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ......33, 34! That's how many turns this young South American surfers managed to squeeze out of the single ride on the wave. Yes - it was pretty small and not nearly as scary as a 10-second Indonesian double-overhead barrel. However, notice the level of fitness and strength this surfer has shown on this ride. Takes some serious leg strength! Have a great weekend!!
Hi guys, Welcome to another another article in the series “Keys to Surfing Fitness and Strength” where we will go through specific exercises that you might want to try, to improve your strength and fitness for surfing. (more…)