Core Workout for Surfing


It is a proven fact that the majority of impressive surfing maneuvers you see professionals pull off are all byproducts of a well-built core. The core is the abdominal muscles, back muscles, and shoulder muscles that make up the torso. When you see a surfer perform a cutback, you can guarantee that their abdominal muscles are being worked hard. By following a specific workout routine, you can be on your way to shredding like the professionals.

The main reason many struggle when learning new techniques is usually not due to misunderstanding of the method; rather it is the lack of physical ability to execute it successfully. There are loads of core-building exercises that can be performed without a gym membership and a fancy eating plan. Many of the most effective regimens generally require as little as a weight set, while some others require nothing at all. For example, the plank is a fairly well known example of a core-building exercise. The plank is performed by getting into the push up position, but instead of using your hands to support you, use your forearms. Keep the back erect, and hold this position for as long as possible. If done correctly, your core will become more muscular, and endurance will increase. The next exercise is known as a "chair squat". The chair squat is the perfect way to learn proper form for a weighted squat, while gaining physical benefits. To perform chair squats, stand up straight, with feet shoulder-width apart. Extend your arms directly in front of you, and proceed to bend your knees. The chair forces you to keep your knees behind your toes when you squat, prevents any other error in form. Last but not least is the simple crunch. The crunch is possibly the most convenient exercise due to the fact that it can be done anywhere. To perform a crunch, lay flat on the ground with your knees bent, and feet shoulder-width apart. Lay your hands flat on your thighs, and as you push your upper-body towards your thighs, exhale.

The next segment of exercises will require a set of dumbbells. When using dumbbells it is always advised to take precaution, and use proper lifting technique. Failure to do so can result in health vulnerabilities and loss of satisfaction in your workouts. The first method we will discuss is known as the "dumbbell crawl". To perform this exercise you will need approximately 10 feet of unobstructed space. To begin take a set of heavier dumbbells and place them parallel to each other. Kneel in front of the dumbbells and grasp them in your hands. Obtain the push up position while still grasping the dumbbells. Slowly move each dumbbell several inches in front of you, followed by the respective leg. Alternate until you have reached the end of the room. As simple as the exercise sounds, it targets the core specifically and will prove to be one of the more strenuous workouts to complete.

Finally, we will discuss the stability ball or "fit ball" and provide a sample targeted exercise that can be performed with it. The stability ball is a large elastic ball that can be used in a plethora of exercises that range the whole fitness spectrum. The versatility of the stability ball stems from the fact that it can be inflated and deflated in a matter of minutes. When choosing a fitness ball, it is best to find one that provides somewhat of a challenge to balance on. It is best to test a ball before you purchase it, but if you do not have this option look for one that is approximately 25 inches in diameter. Our sample exercise is known as a ball crunch. To properly perform a ball crunch Sit on the exercise ball and find your balance spot. Next, lean half-way back without moving your feet, then return to the sitting position. For full crunches just lean back completely. Complete 10-15 repetitions per workout and you will notice a substantial improvement in your surfing.

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