Thursday, February 6, 2014

3 Exercises to Improve Your Core Strength and Increase Your Endurance and Power While Surfing

Adding core strengthening to your workout schedule is an excellent way for you to improve your power and stability which are both critical to advancing your surfing skills. Your bodies core, which is the area around your pelvis and trunk, is where your center of gravity lies. Strengthening this area provides you with numerous benefits, such as, a more stable balance, better control over your movements, and an increase to your endurance. Listed below are 3 core exercises that will help you up your surfing game in no time.

Lower Back Muscles
This is a simple exercise that you can do just about anywhere. First you'll need to lie flat on your stomach, preferably on a mat, with your arms extended in front of you and your legs nice and straight behind you. Next, you're going to lift all four of your limbs at the same time. If you are new to core training, it's wise to begin by holding the position for 2 seconds and only doing 5 repetitions. As your strength improves, you can increase the time and number of reps you wish to do. This exercise can greatly enhance your paddling endurance.

Bridge Exercise
Another easy but efficient exercise that works multiple core muscles is the bridge. Lying on your back, bend your knees and place your feet flat on the ground with around 6 inches separating them. Your arms should be by your sides with your palms facing the ground. After tightening you abdominal muscles, slowly lift you hips off of the ground while keeping your feet flat. Once your hips are aligned with your knees and shoulders, hold the position for 3 seconds. To begin with, try doing 3 sets of 5 reps. Overtime, you can hold the position for a longer period,  and double the number of reps and sets you do.

Basic Plank
The basic plank is going to help you increase your stability by working your abdomen, hips, and back muscles. To begin, lie face down on a mat with your elbows and forearms bent beneath your chest. Next you are going to prop yourself up using your forearms and toes. It is crucial that you keep your back straight and that you don't allow your hips to dip towards the floor. If you are concerned with achieving the proper posture, try performing the plank in front of a mirror until you've grown accustomed to the positioning. In the beginning, your goal is to hold this form for at least 10 seconds while tightening you abdominal muscles. As the weeks pass and you grow stronger, you should gradually increase your holding time.

Your fitness level plays a large part in your surfing ability. Staying in shape and focusing on strengthening your core will help you become a better surfer through improved balance, endurance, and power. If you need of a new surfboard or looking for a certain surfing accessory, please contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

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