WHERE SURFERS FOCUS THEIR WORKOUTS
Riding waves is physically demanding, and preparing for competition requires intense cross-training to maximize strength, agility, and balance. Two decades of research have shown that these five parts of the body play a central role in mastering the surf, even if you aren’t a pro. —Molly Glick
1/A strong core links the shoulders and hips, providing rotational strength for turns and aerials. It also improves balance and helps absorb the impact of big airs.
2/Toned glutes, quads, and hamstrings help riders keep their feet firmly planted on the board as it moves over the waves beneath them.
3/Strong, flexible ankles are key to maintaining balance and quickly rotating a board 180 degrees or more, making jawdropping jumps and other maneuvers possible.
4/Surfers spend more than half their time on the water paddling into position. That demands powerful pectorals, deltoids, and triceps.
5/All that upper body movement can send an athlete’s heart rate soaring to 160 beats per minute or more, making exceptional cardiovascular fitness a must.