Surfing is one of the most physically intense and demanding sports. It requires physical and mental focus at all times. In order to develop the strength, stamina and balance you need to be a successful surfer, we recommend that you integrate the following components into your workout regimen:
- Core Strength and Balance
- Upper Body Strength
- Lower Body Strength
- Flexibility, Stretching and Yoga
The best surfer’s workout program incorporates both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. Surfing requires a physical demand on both energy systems. Oscillating between the two systems while targeting the muscle groups involved in surfing is crucial: results are maximized when you keep the body guessing which energy system is needed.
Core strength refers to the muscles of your abs and back, and their ability to support your spine to keep your body stable and balanced. Since surfing involves a lot of twisting and rotating, core strength plays a critical part in balancing you on your board. A strong core helps you surf with more power, for longer periods with less fatigue. If your typical core workout consists of crunches or sit-ups, you will find that adding exercises for the chest, shoulders, back, hips and gluts will improve your surfing quickly.