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Why Train to Surf?
At one time or another, we surfers, have had the daunting task of trying to explain what surfing feels like to a non-surfer. After several off-base analogies, we usually come to the conclusion that there are no words to describe the feeling of surfing. Surfing is an experience that only, the act itself can do it justice and there is nothing else quite like it. With that in mind, you would think that those of us that surf would do anything (legal or not) in our power to keep surfing for as long as we can.

So why is it that the thought of training or working out to surf has been such a taboo? Why have surfers traditionally shied away from something that not only can enhance the experience of surfing, but also keep them in the water as they enter the later years of life? Simply put, misinformation.

The reason surfers haven't taken to training to surf as other athletes have for their respective sports is that surfers are afraid the training will adversely affect their surfing and their body type. How many times have you heard or said yourself, "If I workout I'll get too big and bulky"or, "If I workout, I'll get all tight and lose flexibility".

These concerns are not without merit. Nobody wants to get big, bulky and tight to prepare for fast fluid surfing. The good news is we don't have to. The right type of results will come with the right type of training. It all boils down to the correct approach. There are as many ways to approach training to surf as there are to surfing a right hand point break. It is important that you educate yourself to the different techniques and be careful of who you get your training advice from.

In addition to the above reasons surfers are reluctant to train, there is a popular myth that just going surfing often is the best way to get in shape for surfing. This is not true of surfing or any other sport for that matter. Yes, the more surfing you do the better skills you will have. What we are talking about is the demand surfing puts on the human body.

As much fun as surfing is, it is also demanding, chaotic and even dangerous at times. It creates great wear and tear on shoulder, low back, hip and knee, joints and muscles. It also creates muscle imbalances, which means too tight in some areas and too weak in others. Proper strengthening and conditioning of your body's structures before you hit the water will prolong the health of joints and keep imbalances to a minimum. The result is better surfing performance and less injury!

So what else can proper training do for your surfing besides injury prevention? Here is a short list of the benefits of proper training and how they can help your surfing:

# Increased strength = Better board control.
# Increased power = More powerful moves with less effort.
# Greater balance and stability = Pushing the limits with less falls.
# Increased muscular endurance = More paddling and pumping with less fatigue.
# Increased cardiovascular endurance = Less shortness of breath paddling back out.

With all of these great benefits from proper training, why on earth would someone that lives to surf, not train to surf better and surf longer? We have no idea.
Hopefully, you have seen the light and want to train to enhance one of the best experiences in your life. Surfing.

Check back with us for our next article, as we will discuss the most effective ways to train for surfing.
Sufitness Inc. "The Ultimate Training for Surfers"

Questions: Feel free to contact us any time regarding this or any other workout at surfitness@surfitness.com

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