ATTMFKH wrote:^^ watch it old yin
swimming with a float between your legs is the nearest exercise to surfing ( paddling) I can find - works for me.
Vince Noir wrote:if you want something specifically for surfing, theres no subsitute for surfing more I'm afraid
dermo909 wrote:Regarding running, at the end of my marathon training last June I could paddle relentlessly without getting out of breath.
I do 6 different exercises every visit. 7 if I'm feeling good. normally just standard 3 sets of 8/10 and concentrate on triceps, shoulders and arms. (bench press, shoulder press,dips, pullups, curls - but also throw in situps on swiss ball, back bends up from floor (surf position).
A good thing to mix it up is one session to reduce the weight amount, and increase the reps massively. 3 sets of 20 or 30 to help push your stamina along too and concentrate on building lean muscle rather than bulk.
I als think it's important to concentrate on building back muscles, in order to compensate the extra strength you build at the front - so what the guy earlier said about paddling weights on top of a swiss ball is great, I have a variation on it, straight lifts from the same position, but I will be trying his. other ones for the back are using the pulleys etc.
then finally core - squat thrusts with your legs in those ring things they always have now are great and a perfect copy of "popping up" good for your shoulders and core. and go do a core class or two a week if they have one. otherwise get into planking for 5 mins in all the variations.
then.... apart from all this you need something a bit more endurance... I had to give upo running finally due to the impact and problems it caused with knees/back but I've got back into mountain biking after a 3 year absence and it's perfect. If you go swimming, the best stroke is breaststroke for your surfing musclesthe other great sport is boxing - absolutely the perfect muscle groups to build for surfing, with endurance built in..oh yeah and yoga is not just about flexibility (which is great to improve your surfing) but also core strength and overall strength too - don't write it off, especially if you're recovering from an injury...
defever wrote:Then strength & conditioning. Swiss ball is good for balance and movement control, but it's really a thin slice of the whole pie. I acknowledge that there are many conditioning regimens that one can follow, but following the principles of "push / pull" movements with "high reps, low weight" might get you started. Surfing involves bit of both (push - taking off in a push-up position, pull - paddling in a pull-up manner). And we do these movements in repetitive (well not so much on taking off, but definitely paddling) manner so you want to focus on high repetition with small weights rather than trying to beat screaming hulk with 1000kg bar next to you.
As you get familiar with common exercises then you want to link those iron pumping action with some surfing moves; like push-ups for taking off, lunges with floor touch for grabbing your rails, squats for powerful bottom turns (standing squad) and cutbacks (seated reverse squats), etc. And then you can progress these same exercises on wobble board / cushion to simulate uneven surface feeling when riding a wave.
Actually, studies have shown that doing exercises on a swiss ball does not improve an atheletes balance/coordination
again, what is this fasination with high reps low weights...it does nothing.
It would be interesting to see what sort of participants (ordinary people like us or professional athletes already in their prime condition?)
i just dont think doing loads and loads of skull crushers, or tricep extensions, or whatever new triceps exercise is doing the rounds, is going to be anywhere near simulating paddling
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