Following on from last weeks surf fitness post on how to warm up before a surf we’re now going to be focusing on your core training.
Core strength is important for most sports but surfing in particular involves a huge amount of your core muscles. Every twist, turn and paddle will effect your core muscles while surfing.
You’ve guessed it, exactly the same as the old favourite but this time you’re on your side. Position yourself on your side balancing on your forearm and the side of your foot and ankle. Keep your body straight but try to relax as much as possible.
Hold this position for as long as you can then swap sides.
Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor and your knees slightly lifted. Resting your hands at the sides of your head lift you upper body up and back down to the floor. Keep your feet on the floor throughout the process and repeat 3 lots of 10 – 20 repetitions.
Similar to a normal crunch but this time you want to hold your legs straight up in the air (see picture). This crunch type helps to focus training on your lower abdominal muscles.
Don’t forget to keep on with your warm up exercises before you surf and be sure to check back next week to learn about endurance and how it helps your surfing fitness.