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  1. #11
    I've been doing a great exercise that seems to work alot of muscles required for surfing.

    Stand, bend over to touch floor
    kick legs backward into your standard "up" pushup position.
    kick legs back to standing position and then stand up.

    Repeat until your heart is racing and your fatigued

    Not only will you get out of breath (good cardio), but you'll feel burn in your shoulders and legs as well. Also it at least seems like it could help with balancing into pop-up position while surfing.

    Personally, I still think nothing beats surfing to get in shape for surfing. Yoga, weighlifting swimming etc...I think that helps maybe 5-10% at best and only really provides any noticable difference to surfing for your top professional surfers. Just my opinion though.

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    yes, that's totally true. the problem is, when you work m-f and don't have 50 vac days, it's hard to surf as much as you'd like.

    going to the gym is just somethign i enjoy doing, so why not add exercises beneficial to surfing while you're at it?

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by mOtion732 View Post
    yes, that's totally true. the problem is, when you work m-f and don't have 50 vac days, it's hard to surf as much as you'd like.

    going to the gym is just somethign i enjoy doing, so why not add exercises beneficial to surfing while you're at it?
    I agree. You have to do surfing excercises in between surfing, especially during flat spells. Otherwise, you'll see the difference paddling out in head-overhead surf during the next session. While everyone else is gasping for air, it feels good have the stamina/strength/endurance to pick up where you left off in your last surf session.

    I've done excercises for my paddling and try to run 2miles/day about 4 times a week when I 'm not surfing. It has helped me. As long as you have the right paddling techniques already down, light lifting (so you don't lose flexibility) and cardio go a long way to staying out in the water longer and catching more waves. Since we only get a few days a week usually for decent surf, you have to keep yourself ready for the next day of surfing. Just my two cents, but whatever works for you.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by barrels4liam View Post
    I agree. You have to do surfing excercises in between surfing, especially during flat spells. Otherwise, you'll see the difference paddling out in head-overhead surf during the next session. While everyone else is gasping for air, it feels good have the stamina/strength/endurance to pick up where you left off in your last surf session.

    I've done excercises for my paddling and try to run 2miles/day about 4 times a week when I 'm not surfing. It has helped me. As long as you have the right paddling techniques already down, light lifting (so you don't lose flexibility) and cardio go a long way to staying out in the water longer and catching more waves. Since we only get a few days a week usually for decent surf, you have to keep yourself ready for the next day of surfing. Just my two cents, but whatever works for you.
    Popups also take certain muscles which require a quick explosion. These take time to build up too. When I surfed on longboards, I always used my toes to popup which isn't the right way if you plan on going to a shortboard. You learn quickly on a shortboard that your toes hang off the board and you can't use them. This habit was hard to get used to.

    I did popups in my house every day after that with my knees bent to insure my toes weren't touching, about 50/day for months. I still do them every now and then on land. It has now made it effortless and I use my entire upper body to now pop up which seemed impossible at first. Pop up exercises are good for some paddling muscles too and if you do them fast it gives you some cardio too.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Retzlaff44 View Post
    Wow, that is insane. Wonder what the gym's insurance company would think?

    In the Surf Stronger workout you're usually lying or sitting on the ball (I think the proper term is "stability ball"). Nothing as challenging as Indo Board squats.

    The ball is great for stretching on. You can really develop some great flexibility in your neck and back. Again, something that's very useful in the water.
    Quote Originally Posted by Recycled Surfer View Post
    I gotta say, anybody squatting 300 lbs on an indo board is a jack ass. Cool he can do it but the risk of serious injury is not worth it.
    Yes the risk of injury is probably huge!!! ha. I can hardly do 8 reps of 275 on flat ground! But I personally don't know the guy so I can't say if he's a jackass... I mean, there aren't that many biddies in that gym worth impressing so i honestly don't know... haha. maybe he just does it because he's already done all of the other exercises in the book and he just wanted a challenge. who knows