Through improved technique, a highly functioning body, and supportive movement and nutrition. This is the path, an education if you will, to improving your surfing with the understanding that your body needs to function optimally.
The Journey to Better Surfing
Surfing is a life requirement, or at least it is to me, and I'm sure it is for you as well. Longevity and progression is the name of the game, and this requires a multifactorial approach. Yep, it's holistic, as bastardised as that term has become. Through approaches that improve your breath, sleep, nutrition, and movement, you improve the capacity of your body. You apply that capacity towards your skill acquisition (surfing), and understand that even that skill acquisition requires a holistic approach.
The ability to read the ocean, to understand board design, the mental game we all face with surfing, and the actual technique, are all key aspects to improvement. Once again we look back at the functioning, or lack, of your body. So without going on for too long regarding how I truly view surfing and our interaction with the ocean, and our health journey, here is the path, the essentials, to creating a deeper understanding of what your body needs to improve your surfing.
Mobilize, Activate, Move… Surf Shoulders I think I’m close to a shoulder operation…. and it’s no fun. In all honesty, I’m pretty good with shoulder rehab, training, tissue work etc., but sometimes injuries are just too destructive to deal with non-surgically. I bothered my shoulder on Friday doing some heavy sprint work… (sprint work is […]
Surfer Core Exercises – Lose the “Ab” Workout Yep, that’s a pic of the Situation and his abs. I’ve never met the guy, don’t really care to, but he probably would be funny to party with, just once for story-sake. He also appartently came out with a protein infused vodka. Anyways… let’s move onto core […]
Rotator Cuff Training For Surfers Those damn shoulders…. surfers shoulders. If’ they’re grinding, dislocating, inflamed, crunchy, or pain provoking, than your surfing is suffering, and when you can’t surf because of joint pain, it’s a terribly frustrating thing. If you’ve had an issue with your shoulders, you’ve probably at one point seen a physio (physical therapist), […]
Stronger Legs-Stronger Core-Stronger Surfing I’m all about supersets… essentially combining exercises that focus on different muscle groups. This is just really time effective and allows for a greater energy expenditure, so you’re not only getting a good workout and getting ripppppeeeddddd, but also building some endurance. Saving time, getting in quality movement training, improving your […]
Surf.. Shoulders.. Exercises.. Do em’! Paddle… hurts… Paddle… hurts… Paddle…. hurts…… You need Shoulder Clocks That is not a fun way to surf. I’ve personally gotten so enormously pissed off at my shoulders before while surfing that if they were a person standing in front of me, I would punch them in the face and […]
CLEAN FRIDGE, CLEAN EATING If you’ve got junk-food in the house, it will get eaten eventually. I can have a carton of ice cream in the freezer for about a day… it won’t last any longer because I will absolutely inhale it. If you want to eat clean, lose weight, improve your energy levels in […]
CLEAN UP YOUR NUTRITION The Basics of Surfer Nutrition. The field of nutrition is a MESS. I basically view nutrition on a similar scale as that of politics, and religion. It all seems to be convoluted, filled with mis-information, and particular views vary highly from person to person. Simply look at how many diets are out […]
Full Body Surf Exercises – Muscle Isolation is NOT the answer Boys and Girls… you’re surfers, you move dynamically, you need flexibility, you need to be strong, you need to be highly coordinated, but like I said at first, you gotta move dynamically!!!! Get strong in movements! Develop a body that is strong and fluid […]
Foods To Stop Inflammation Surfing With Joint Pain Sucks… Stop It!.. Help your joint pain with food! Is your chronic joint pain from inflammation? Are your chronic injuries not healing? Maybe you’re inflamed man!!!! I’m gonna tell you what not to eat, and what to eat, so you can start managing your chronic inflammation, get some joint pain […]
The Paleo Diet.. What The Hell Is It? Do you even know what paleo really means? This whole blog post got started because I decided to get into a paleo diet discussion on facebook…. that turned out to be about as valuable as cutting off both of my thumbs. Anyways, I get asked about the Paleo […]
2 Movements… You Should Do Them! Some essential basics for being able to surf are a functionally strong and pain free core, and the ability to balance on an unstable surface. So train to get better at those physical requirements!! You may be asking “How!?!?!” Well, you need a foam roller, or an indo board, and a […]
Surf Snack Ideas.. Good Food Quick snacks, easy to make, higher protein content… and not much garbage. When most people think of a snack, they usually end up considering something made with processed flours, added sugars, food coloring, and little if any protein. Those type of snacks are a good way to throw off blood […]
Lower Body, Mobility Exercises, Surf Shoulder, Surf Stretch, Surfing Exercises, Thoracic Spine Mobility, Upper Body
GET LOOSE AND MOVE! If you can’t move well, you sure can’t surf well. As a surfer, dynamic flexibility and ease of movement is truly important to not only surf with some style, but to stay injury free as well….. or you can just keep poo-stancing and looking rad! Seriously, as surfers, we’ve got to be […]
THIS IS HOW YOU CAN PADDLE STRONGER AND FASTER Here are the BEST METHODS of surf paddle training for building an upper body that can handle some heavy paddling. This original post (below) was written a few years ago. It will give you a huge amount of insight. These more recent posts touch in detail on different […]
Smash Out Gym Time, Surf Your Ass Off, or Get Zen? Primary Rule: If there is surf…….. then get your ass in the water and surf! To progress at this completely awesome sport/lifestyle.. surfing.. you’ve essentially got to be pretty damned fit, and just spend as much time in the water as possible. So when […]
Tight Hips Can Wreck Your Back and Hurt Your Surfing Why should you even care about stretching and mobilizing your hips?!?! Excellent question, so get ready to learn. The dynamics of surfing require that your joints be able to move in extremely large ranges of motion, freely and quickly. Think about the simple act of […]
Surfing Shoulder Warmup For That Heavy Paddle-out How Well do you Warmup Your Shoulders? Just a few arm swings? WOW, you’re really getting those intrinsic scapular and shoulder stabilizers warmed up…getting your thoracic spine mobilized, cervical range of motion increased, activating your triceps and serratus anterior……really getting primed for that 200meter paddleout… That’s sarcasm, hopefully […]
KB Circuit Training One piece of equipment, one hell of a workout. Kettlebells. I’ve had several people asking for some Kettlebell surf workouts from the Surf Strength Coach Facebook page, so I finally got it together and filmed one. A kettlebell can be a really great piece of training equipment…. But, as with any exercise, […]
Why Are Surf Paddling and Your Triceps Important? You’ve got a muscle running down the back of the arm, that plays a vital role in strong surf paddling while you’re out in the lineup. It’s called your triceps. You’ve probably felt this muscle burning like hell after a heavy paddle out. Along with your “lat” muscle, […]
I want to address a question that has been coming up pretty often from people following surfstrengthcoach.com. A typical question is this “you’ve got so much good information on the site and loads of exercises, but I could use some advice as to designing a surf training program for myself or how to put a […]
Fix Your Shoulders, Increase Spinal Rotation, Paddle Pain Free I put up blog posts in the hope that people out in internet land will read it, use it, improve their surfing, and build a stronger more mobile body. I hope that at least one person who reads this post actually tries this movement. I use […]
I Couldn’t Paddle Anymore I was surfing a really good beach break today. There were a few banks running several 100 yards down the beach, but the current was pushing so hard it made for a lot of paddling. Endless paddling. Paddle 10 minutes straight, go for a waved. Paddle back out, paddle upcurrent, catch […]
Crossfit Style Surf Training!?!?! Can You Benefit From This Training? I recently had a someone write in expressing their interest in crossfit style training and was also looking to improve his surfing. So how can the two go hand in hand? First off, I’ve got to say I’m on both sides of the fence when it […]
Upper Body Duck Dive Training & Exercises Surfing. Its one of those skills that to really improve upon, you just gotta spend time in the water. Practice, practice, practice. BUT, you can do a lot out of the water with some well designed surf training to make sure your body is prepared to surf, and […]
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