Whether you have your sights set on pro competitions or have never tried wake surfing before, you can enjoy yourself and have fun! If you have been surfing for any period of time you may have benchmark goals for yourself that you would like to achieve. The best way to do so is by surfing every chance you get. But, in the winter, or just when you don’t have time to make it to the lake, you can still improve your wake surfing skills by working out. So, we would like to share with you our tips to work out like a wake surfing pro.
- Squats: Most of the control over your acceleration and deceleration on your board comes from your legs. Having the muscle to support you on your board and control your leg movements on the water is key. Squats can improve your lower body strength and strengthen the muscles around your hips and knees. When you are doing this excise keep in mind:
- Sit back into your squat and don’t let your knees move forward past your toes.
- Engage your lower body muscles as well as your abs.
- Start with the basic squat. After you have mastered that you can increase your repetitions, ad weights, or try squat variations like the jump squat, sumo squat, or the side-step squat.
- Plank: Another important consideration when wake surfing is your abdominal strength. Tricks and basic board movements will require some ab strength which is why the plank is such a useful exercise. When performing this workout, remember:
- Try to imagine one long straight line reaching from your tailbone to the crown of your head. The key to this exercise comes from keeping a good form and engaging your core muscles.
- Take it slow. The great thing about the plank is that there are many variations for your strength level. If you are a beginner, start on your forearms with your knees on the ground and work your way up. As you master one level you can increase the amount of time you hold it or try new variations like the side plank.
- Calf Raises: This workout is great to increase your board control on the water and it’s simple to do! Start this exercise by standing tall on the edge of a step with your heels hanging off the edge. Raise your heels up a couple of inches so that you are standing on your tiptoes, holding for a couple of seconds, then releasing back to the previous position and repeating. Some things to remember:
- Speed is not the most important things for this workout, take it slow and focus on muscle control.
- You can always add weights to your repetitions to increase intensity.
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