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    workouts for surfing?

    what do you guys do to get your core and paddling better? I do pushups/pullups/situps and barbell squats, but i wasnt sure if theres some other excercises to do that will help my surfing. Any input is appreciated!!!

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    find a pool & swim. best thing for paddling outside of getting a prone paddleboard.

  3. hey... i've been wanting to post the same question! i can tell you that the past 5 months or so that i've really been focusing on my lower body. i'm getting older and want to make sure that i'm doing all that i can reasonably do to help myself get stronger/prevent injury.

    i've been riding a bicycle like crazy. really tones up your legs/butt and strengthens around the knees/hips/ankles. there's different ways you can ride like using more of your heel on the pedal to focus on hamstrings or with the ball of your foot to focus more on quads/calfs. i can really tell a difference. i've got a safe place to ride and can usually do about 10 miles in just over an hour. bursts of sustained speed mixed in with constant pedaling.

    i absolutely love running stairs. it's the one exercise i wish i could do more of. you can do variations of step-overs, side lunges, sprinting, or even just walking up them like normal. a mixture of all really works out the whole lower body and keeps your heart rate elevated. i try to go for about 45 minutes worth twice a week.

    i like going down on the beach and doing a lot of plyometric type stuff. bodyweight squats, lunges, suicide sprints, box jumps, footwork drills.... you name it.

    if i can, an ideal week would look like this... bike 5 days, stairs 2 days, beach drills 2 days, weightlifting 1 or 2 days. like i say i've been doing this for about 5 months just forcing myself to go even when it's been crappy weather and i can really tell the difference. i've actually got meat on my legs now, my knees and hips look all padded.

    everything i just described will also work on your core to an extent, but i've been focusing so much on legs that i do pretty minimal with upper body. i do what you do with the pushups and pullups maybe once or twice a week (although for me it's going on a month that i've spent anytime on upper body).

    if i had access to an indoor pool in the wintertime, i would be all over practicing swimming and treading water. i'm wanting to start going at a friend's canal house as soon as we don't need booties and gloves anymore (yeah i'm a cheapskate). i haven't surfed as much this winter just because my wetsuit is on it's last leg, always trying to get one more winter out of it. i should be doing better as soon as the water gets back up over 55-60 degrees.

    one thing i saw on stabmag.com was a web series called 21 Days with Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. it's 3 separate 15 minutes segments that documents their lives behind the scenes and a lot of the type of training they do. super inspirational. they are youtube videos, but i couldn't find them on youtube. so if you go onto stab, just scroll down to the bottom of the opening page, and if they're not there i bet they're on the second page. they just came out earlier in February.

    best wishes man, i don't know exactly yet that everything's gonna pay off, but i do feel better and able to do things without getting tired like some of my friends who are close to my age. i'm 33.

    p.s. google things about proper nutrition and stretching. things like preparing "whole foods" whenever possible. that in itself is going to play a key role in how you feel and the amount of endurance you can potentially have

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydon'tsurf View Post
    hey... i've been wanting to post the same question! i can tell you that the past 5 months or so that i've really been focusing on my lower body. i'm getting older and want to make sure that i'm doing all that i can reasonably do to help myself get stronger/prevent injury.

    i've been riding a bicycle like crazy. really tones up your legs/butt and strengthens around the knees/hips/ankles. there's different ways you can ride like using more of your heel on the pedal to focus on hamstrings or with the ball of your foot to focus more on quads/calfs. i can really tell a difference. i've got a safe place to ride and can usually do about 10 miles in just over an hour. bursts of sustained speed mixed in with constant pedaling.

    i absolutely love running stairs. it's the one exercise i wish i could do more of. you can do variations of step-overs, side lunges, sprinting, or even just walking up them like normal. a mixture of all really works out the whole lower body and keeps your heart rate elevated. i try to go for about 45 minutes worth twice a week.

    i like going down on the beach and doing a lot of plyometric type stuff. bodyweight squats, lunges, suicide sprints, box jumps, footwork drills.... you name it.

    if i can, an ideal week would look like this... bike 5 days, stairs 2 days, beach drills 2 days, weightlifting 1 or 2 days. like i say i've been doing this for about 5 months just forcing myself to go even when it's been crappy weather and i can really tell the difference. i've actually got meat on my legs now, my knees and hips look all padded.

    everything i just described will also work on your core to an extent, but i've been focusing so much on legs that i do pretty minimal with upper body. i do what you do with the pushups and pullups maybe once or twice a week (although for me it's going on a month that i've spent anytime on upper body).

    if i had access to an indoor pool in the wintertime, i would be all over practicing swimming and treading water. i'm wanting to start going at a friend's canal house as soon as we don't need booties and gloves anymore (yeah i'm a cheapskate). i haven't surfed as much this winter just because my wetsuit is on it's last leg, always trying to get one more winter out of it. i should be doing better as soon as the water gets back up over 55-60 degrees.

    one thing i saw on stabmag.com was a web series called 21 Days with Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. it's 3 separate 15 minutes segments that documents their lives behind the scenes and a lot of the type of training they do. super inspirational. they are youtube videos, but i couldn't find them on youtube. so if you go onto stab, just scroll down to the bottom of the opening page, and if they're not there i bet they're on the second page. they just came out earlier in February.

    best wishes man, i don't know exactly yet that everything's gonna pay off, but i do feel better and able to do things without getting tired like some of my friends who are close to my age. i'm 33.

    p.s. google things about proper nutrition and stretching. things like preparing "whole foods" whenever possible. that in itself is going to play a key role in how you feel and the amount of endurance you can potentially have
    I can't work out .... I'm exhausted after reading this post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    I can't work out .... I'm exhausted after reading this post...
    Then maybe you should spare the 6 kilocalories required to read said past as well as forgo the 12.7353 kCal that would be spent STFU.

    Repeat regularly, if not compulsively, and you'll find yourself lean and mean if not like the next Rambo.

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    Take a kick boxing class or a mixed martial art.Learn a skill and get in shape all at once.

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    spend a month with P90X, you'll want to do the whole 90 days! (gotta stick with the diet plan, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Then maybe you should spare the 6 kilocalories required to read said past as well as forgo the 12.7353 kCal that would be spent STFU.

    Repeat regularly, if not compulsively, and you'll find yourself lean and mean if not like the next Rambo.
    You have no sense of humor, sparky, yet you have an unmitigated opinion on EVERYTHING. And you like to tell people to STFU, go screw themselves & any number of other unpleasantries. You're special. That's what the mirror tells you every morning, eh?

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    if i can, an ideal week would look like this... bike 5 days, stairs 2 days, beach drills 2 days, weightlifting 1 or 2 days.



    So When do you go surf?

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    I swim Laps 50 minutes every day. I totally outlast all my buddies surfing and I am 62. I also do lots if somersaults in the pool so I won't freak when I wipeout bad in the ocean. It really helps!