strength and conditioning?
Hey all. I'm currently at beginner level due to my location, but my brother was an avid surfer and grew up with the dogtown boys. I unfortunately didn't have the luxury as he did to grow up on the coast. anyway, in memory of him and of my own desire I want to surf. question is... are there any particular exercises besides pop ups that I can be doing to strengthen and condition my muscles? I'll be in Portland in early August and don't want to spend the entire day down or beached. also, found a place that offers a class but does anyone recommend any others or someone to do private lessons? I've done the research and watched some vids but I want to be prepared. hoping to make the most of it so I can honor my brother properly. thanks in advance!
Any workout/activity will help...
but make sure whatever you do, there's at least some focus on flexibility, core stability, and shoulder stability. Incorporate some yoga/pilates (I would recommend gradually over time - don't start bikram yoga five days a week if you've never touched your toes before) for the core and flex. For shoulders, also focus on internal stability rather than building bowling balls for delts... plenty out there on the internet. Do those exercises light with restricted reps at first to allow your shoulders to acclimate. Shoulders are touchy (360 degree rotation) and if you surf long enough you'll likely incur some minor issue with them over time. Take care of them now.
There are other exercises that are more specific to surfing of course, but I consider these points to be very important and basic if you want to surf.
Surfing is rough on the body of a beginner. Taking a little time to get your physical act together pays exponentially and you'll flat out have more fun.