Surfing Workouts and Paddling Power Secrets
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As a surfer you know well that you have to paddle. A Lot. And paddling efficiently is the best way to move through the water. Surfing and paddling power, what are the secrets?
Here are some things to consider for your surfing workouts or surf training program to improve efficiency on your board.
Gym Surfing Workouts Do Not Improve Surfing Paddling
Strength training in the gym does not carry over into paddling in the water. Sport specific surfing training needs to be movement specific and performed in the medium in which you perform or compete. In other words, make sure that your surfing workouts include water based surfing training and paddling drills.
Strength surfing workouts in the gym will help develop speed, strength, power and endurance that can help on your board. These fitness components however need to be performed correctly and in the right sequence. In order to benefit from them when your surfing be sure to combine your surfing workouts with water work OK?
When you are in the water actually surfing it is a great idea to use the first thirty minutes when you are fresh to use this time as a part of your surfing fitness. Paddle out quickly, perform strong duck dives, catch as many waves as you can early on to find your groove and focus on good paddling technique and power back out quickly every time you catch a wave.
Check out how Parko helped get his mind and body right for the world title with paddling. Note how he was actually focused on beating Kelly! Mindset and attitude are everything when it comes to your surfing workouts, fitness and performance.
You don’t have to go out and buy a paddle board, you can surf train on your board, or with swimming and swim drills in the pool or even a lake. Here are a few more things to bear in mind to ensure your surfing workout program is effective in the long term.
QUICK POINTS TO ENHANCE YOUR EXERCISE SURFING WORKOUTS
* Build your speed threshold over short distances and take short breaks to enhance lung capacity and train correct muscle fibers and energy systems.
* Perform Long Distances Pace Swims or Paddles every one or two weeks in your surfing workout program. This will enhance overall surfing endurance capacity.
* Don’t over do it – shoulder injuries are common in surfing athletes, be sure to work on correct technique in the pool and during your surfing workouts to stabilize and strengthen internal shoulder muscles and surrounding connective tissue
* When paddling in the surf or doing surfing fitness in the pool extend your hand in front of you as far as you can with each stroke – focus on technique before speed
* Also focus on full extension upon each stroke completion – the longer each stroke the better volume of water you can ‘catch’ with each paddle
* Duck Diving: Paddle hard and fast into oncoming white water and duck dive deep.
* Put your head down when paddling some times. This is good to do at river mouths or point breaks for long paddles when you don’ t have to duck dive much (Like surfing Indo and battling the currents) Practice holding your breath when paddling – it is exhausting and will help with lung capacity and focus.
As always, keep your Surfing Workouts Short, Sharp and Real!
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