Surfing Fitness: The Ultimate 2 Week Guide
These days there are literally thousands of workouts/exercises that claim to make you stronger, more powerful, lean, toned, etc. However, there are very few aimed directly at surfing fitness and specific needs of surfers. As we all know, the fitness required for surfing is unique in it’s own right. You need a combo of strength, endurance, power, and agility to be as effective in the water as possible. Not to mention when you are not in surf shape, surfing is not nearly as fun.
When I first began working out with the purpose of improving my surfing, I had no idea what I was doing. I was going to the gym lifting weights, some cardio, row machines, power yoga classes here and there, occasionally swimming laps, etc. I simply had no clue and no consistency. Never did I stop to think what certain exercises can do to your body shape/build and how this can affect surfing. After 3 months of my gym workouts I was farther away from ‘Surf Shape’ then I had ever been.
The first time I went surfing after months of this workout regimen, I was stronger, bigger (non-proportionally), and more powerful overall than I had been up to that point in my life. However, the months of exercises I had been doing did not prepare my body. A little over an hour in the water and I could only paddle in short bursts before my arms would burn and tire out. If I needed to move over several yards to get to a wave, I probably wasn’t gonna get it, and if caught inside it took 10-15 min to get back out again. All the muscle building I did was for nothing. It was totally ineffective and a huge lesson.
Long story short, paddling strength and power are irrelevant without paddling endurance.
This experience led me to create my own workouts designed to reverse the process that made me worse at surfing than ever before. I’m not claiming I was amazing at surfing before. Trust me, I’m no world beater. But I was noticeably better when I was lighter, leaner, and more powerful for my body size/weight, rather than more powerful overall with a bulkier build.
Fast forward through 5 years of workout experience and personal experience…
I’m compelled to share what I have learned about the benefits that body weight exercises have on surfing. Below, I have laid out 2 weeks of surf specific exercises in my free eBook to show you how my workouts can help you increase your surf fitness and catch more waves.
Sign up for the Surf Shape mailing list at the bottom of this post to receive future workouts and Surf Shape updates. My favorite part about this guide is that these are all exercises that don’t require any weights/gym or a pool. Each exercise is body weight resistance only and you can do most of them in your bedroom if you had too. All you need is a standard door-frame pull up bar and some gymnast rings to attach to your pull-up bar. It’s a great starting point for those who are beginner’s and intermediate’s to working out.
Note: This is not a end-all-be-all guide to surfing. This is a guide for workouts that are quick, convenient, low-cost ($$), and highly effective. Over time, I will be providing further guidance for additional styles of exercises that will address all aspects of surfing. I say “over time” because I am a “9-5er” and currently have limited time to devote to Surf Shape.