Paul: I want to get better at surfing so what exercises would you recommend for me to do?
Megan: Surfing requires total body strength because getting up on the board requires the stability to do so. You are on an unstable surface which creates what is called “proprioception” for you to be able to stay on the board despite the waves and wind. Try doing pushups on a Bosu ball to simulate the board. Do 3-5 sets of 12-20 repetitions either on your knees or toes. Another good exercise is a squat jump with just your bodyweight. Again, 3-5 sets of 15-20 repetitions is a good guideline to follow. Finally, try doing a single leg touchdown. This would be like a single leg deadlift but you only use your bodyweight. You bend over balancing on one leg then reach down to touch the ground (or as close to as possible) and return to the standing position. For this exercise, try 1-12 repetitions for 3-5 sets on each leg. Over time, practicing these exercises and following this routine will translate towards better surf performance.
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