Flights are booked and the countdown for your surf trip has started. But you don’t wanna struggle on your board instead of catching waves, you want to have a perfect surf trip where “surf, eat, sleep, repeat” is the main focus . So it’s time to get fit again! We tell you seven awesome ways to prepare your body for a surf trip.
If you live close to a surf spot — of course surf as much as possible. Even if it’s a short session in bad conditions. Every paddle and wave counts.
The landlocked option: grab your board, go to the next river or lake and paddle out.
Go swimming! It will get your cardio fitness up plus your arms will get fit for paddling. And it’s always nice to be in the water.
Run Forrest run. For surfing you definitely need a good cardio level. Nothing else is better to get your cardio fitness up than going for a run. Plus it’s a great exercise for your legs.
Surf workouts — either at home, in the gym or outdoor to train your biceps, triceps, back and shoulders. Full body workouts are the best, so your abs and legs will get strong too.
Our favourite exercises:
- Push ups (normal, ring push ups or dumbbell push ups, you can also use a box or balance board to make it more easy or difficult. Be creative and challenge your body)
- Squats (normal squats, Bulgarian split squats or single-leg ones, you can also include jumps. For an extra challenge: add weights)
- Planking (normal or side plank, play with your body and raise your legs and arms from time to time. You can also use a ball to put either your arms or your legs on it.)
Stretch your muscles or go for Yoga to get those office chair muscles flexible again.
Last but not least: Practise the “dry” take off everyday. We know this is boring, but it will help you!