Surf workouts...

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    Sep 25, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    Hey Guys. Obviously one of the best ways to condition for surfing is surfing. However being that the sport is very dependent on conditions, we all know that this isn't always possible. Just wondering what kind of workouts people have put together with surfing in mind. Anyone incorporated stuff into their gym routine that is paying off when the killer surf rolls in....?

    Two things I have found...

    -I do a lot of swimming for cardio. Kind of obvious, but always ran more
    than swam. Took a sprained ankle to get me into it. Love it now. I mix up the strokes between the freestyle, breast, and butterfly. Definitely noticed a difference since I started.

    -I do all the normal back exercises in my weight routine, but added one that may be somewhat original. Grab a couple of light weights 5-10 lbs an assume paddling position on the bench. Paddle till you feel your back is going to come unglued. This one seems to pay pretty good dividends. If nothing else, it always draws some strange looks at the gym, which is also a bit amusing.

    Non-surfers chime in if you have any thoughts too! Looking forward to hearing what you guys do!!
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 26, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    That thing where you balance on a board that is on a ball would be good, no? Physiotherapists use them. I'm not sure if they're in gyms.
  • offshore

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    Sep 26, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    I use a blance board to condition when the surf is flat.

    Yoga, nuf said.
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    Oct 15, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    BOSU balls are great. I like to balance on one foot with a weight in each hand. I do one legged squats on the BOSU ball with the flat end up. When I'm done with doing all kinds of things on one foot I take the BOSU ball and flip it over so now the round end is up. Sitting on the ball with my legs raised I do crunches. It is a challenge to maintain balance and works the core muscles out that much harder. It is a great exercise for my waveski balance.
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    Apr 09, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    You're on the right track with swimming but one thing you can incorporate are pushups. Pushups, pushups, and more pushups. Do as many as you can after you swim a lap then do that again. And again and again until you're fatigued.

    Also back extensions, however you like to do them.