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Bodybuilding Exercises For Surfing
Surfing is one of the most enjoyable sports
out there. But there's nothing fun about surfing when you keep missing the
waves, if you're skipping on the gym and heading straight to the sea this could
be where you're going wrong. You need to be willing to put in the work and training to take your
surfing to the next level. Here are some top bodybuilding tips and techniques
that you can try out at home or in the gym.
A good surfer needs the strength to be able
to get up and on their board as soon as a wave approaches. This strength needs
to be combined with flexibility, in order to react quickly without causing
painful muscle strains to your calves or thighs. Surfers need to take
inspiration from Olympic weightlifters, who can lift huge weights seemingly
effortlessly thanks to their superior strength and flexibility. To achieve this
level of strength without the years of training, try working out using
kettlebells and doing exercises like swings, cleans, push presses and snatches.
This will give you the hip mobility and strength to get up on your board in an
Surfers need a strong mid-section and lower
back to help them stay up on their board and in control against even the
roughest of waves. To improve your ability to see a wave through, you'll need
to build your core strength. There are plenty of bodybuilding techniques which
are catered to this. Again, using dumbbells or kettlebells is the ideal way for
surfers to build strength and condition their muscles. Core exercises to try
include the Turkish Get-Up, which will build core strength and shoulder
stability, and squat thrusts to perfect your "pop-up".
You'll probably know by now that surfing
involves a lot of paddling. Having excellent upper body strength will help you
to be able to avoid paddle fatigue and help you to enjoy surfing for longer. In
particular, it is the muscles which hold the scapulae to the rib cage which
need strengthening to improve your shoulder stability and prevent strain on
your lower back. Surfers should try bench presses, dips and curls to train
their upper body strength.
Bodybuilding is great for building the
strength you need to catch the wave every time. Those who are new to lifting
weights and body building should start with lighter weights to avoid
overexerting themselves. For women, a 3 or 5 pound dumbbell will usually be
enough to start with. Men can usually begin with 8 to 12 pound dumbbells and
work their way up. Some of these exercises will condition your whole body, for
example combining squats with lifting weights is an intense strengthening
exercise for your core, legs and arms. Remember to keep all of your movements steady and controlled, every time you work out this will
prevent you from injuring yourself.
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