Do you think lifting weights is counterproductive for surfing or does it have some benefits? What's more important upper body or lower body? Lifting seems like it could help your paddling but its kind of different with short bursts vs. longevity.
it depends on how you go about it. as the previous poster said, core work is extremely beneficial.
i would recommend the book "fit to surf". it's got a lot of good tips, techniques, & workouts that will help you as a surfer.
Absolutely... but not just lifting alone, at least according to a personal trainer that helped me work out a surfing-specific routine that I've been doing for many years. He said lifting alone can actually hurt more than help. Resistance training needs to be balanced out with cardio, endurance and flexibility training. Building muscle will increase your power, but all that muscle needs oxygen. Cardio and endurance training will help let your heart and lungs make the most of all that muscle. Flexibility will help you maintain a bigger range of motion... important for recovering from radical moves and might even help prevent injury.
So cross train, lift, bike, jog, stretch... it's all good... just don't over do any one.
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Originally Posted by Ray F.
Lifting is a cornerstone for all athletics, but if it's the majority of your program, it can lead to less flexibility, unless you stretch....a lot.
exactly what he said. look at all the pro athletes out there especially football. even though they lift alot they probably do more cardio workouts and running more than lifting. but the main lift you wanna do is a clean that works almost every muscle in your body, and when you do lift have supplementals as well as the core heavy lifts only work the main big muscles where as with the supplementals you will work all of the smaller muscles.
Yes, lifting will help. It will make you stronger. Like everyone is saying. Balance it out. Lifting, cardio, swim, core, circuit training, yoga. You have to do the right combination of lifting. NOT ARNOLD power lifting, thats not functional. Check out Laird's stuff, he has a cross fit approach.
This is just one routine on youtube... There are more...