Fit Tips

Mind Over Matter: The Psychology of Good Surfing

Yogi Berra once said "all of baseball is 90% mental and the other half physical". Every surfer knows that surfing, like baseball, is more than just a physical activity, more than simply a workout.
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Build Rotational Strength for Better Carving

Good rotation makes good surfing. If you want to improve your rotation, here are three exercises that help.
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Perfect Posture for Better Surfing

If you want to surf better, train. Pros give training top priority because their livelihood depends on it. And for the everyday surfer who wants to sharpen his or her surfing skills, training is equally important.
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Endurance Is Insurance -- Improve Your Paddling Endurance

Have you ever missed a wave because you were too tired? Ever fumbled a take off due to "noodle arms"? Check this Fit Tip for better paddle endurance.
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Surf Specific Workout in Just Thirty Minutes

Workouts don't have to be a grind to benefit your surf fitness. The way we look at it, work out quickly and then go surf. Check out this 30-minute workout from Surf Stronger Program Director Scott Adams.
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The One Stretch That Will Improve Your Surfing

To say that having good balance is the key to surfing well would be an understatement. There are so many components to consider when training for surfing, mainly because surfing is such a dynamic task. Check out the one stretch that will improve your surfing.
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Pop to Your Feet Quickly and Smoothly

Getting to you feet quickly and smoothly is a fundamental surfing skill. Here is a great drill that will help you practice this transition.
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The Eyes Have It

A key body part you can employ in surfing is your eyes. Yes, your eyes and more specifically "sighting" to help project where you are headed on a wave.
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Back Extensions for Better Paddling

In this Surf Stronger fit tip we demonstrate a simple exercise to build strength and endurance in your back muscles.
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Indo Board Balance Training for Surfing

We love training with the Indo Board balance trainer. We use it almost daily. In training, it makes a great warm up, and it offers many unique balance challenges when included as part of a full-on workout. In this Surf Stronger Fit Tip we work on training your balance reactions with the Indo Board ball toss.
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Tips for Post Surf Recovery

With consistent surf and swells, it's that time of year when you find yourself surfing three, four, even five hours straight. You need to know the best ways to recover, to surf strong all season long.
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How To Properly Warm Up for a Surf Session

Warming up for surfing is just as important as putting on your leash or waxing your board. Yet, most surfers don't know how to properly warm up.
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Using the TRX for Better Surf Fitness

One of the most versatile and efficient pieces of equipment for surf conditioning is the TRX suspension trainer. In this video example, Coach Scott takes pro surfer, Holly Beck, through the TRX Roll Out. This is a super exercise for building paddling strength and core stability.
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Exercises for Healthy Shoulders

This latest Surf Stronger fit tip is also featured in the April 2009 TransWorld Surf Magazine. To keep your shoulders healthy you want to create good muscle balance, solid joint stability and maintain good flexibility. Here at Surf Stronger we recommend the following three exercises to keep your paddling muscles in tip top shape.
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Post-Surf Stretching

As surfers we can all agree on the importance of being flexible. Surfing is such a dynamic sport that we need to stay limber to keep at the top of our game. And although some of us may not be as "bendy" as we were 10 years ago, there is no reason to succumb to the stiffness that inevitably develops if we don't maintain regular flexibility training.
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Ball Push Ups for Better Surf Endurance

Whatever happened to that classic, gold-standard exercise, the push up? You don't see people busting them out like they used to. Yet the push up remains one of the best strength building exercises you can do.
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The Surf Stronger Acai Smoothie

Here at Surf Stronger we are big fans of the Brazilian super berry: Acai! And one of the best ways to enjoy this super berry is in a smoothie.
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180 Jump Squats For Better Surf Performance

In Surf Stronger Volume 1 we have several exercises for the lower body, and the jump squat is one of the best.
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Surf Fitness - The Fundamentals

Every surfer knows that surfing is a physically demanding sport. And like most surfers you want to add some training to boost your surfing fitness.
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Warming Up For Surfing

You pull up to your local break and it's firing. Winds are light, and the crowds aren't on it. So you add a little wax to your board, race across the beach, and drop your board on the sand. You reach to touch your toes (man, those hamstrings are tight), do a few arm circles, and hit the water. Sound familiar?
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Rainy Day Workout

Another rainy and onshore morning and I'd love to surf. But since I don't have the option of driving around all afternoon hunting for that elusive wind protected cove, I'm going swimming instead.
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Be the Best Surfer You Can Be in 2008

Putting this article together was a tough one. We wanted to write an original, helpful article, but wanted to limit our list to five things surfers can do to get the most out of their surfing life.
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Happy New Year! 5 Resolutions For a Better Surf Year

So you want to be a better surfer in 2007? You might have already made some goals for yourself:
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The One Stretch to Improve Your Surfing

To say that having good balance is the key to surfing well would be an understatement. There are so many components to consider when training for surfing, mainly because surfing is such a dynamic task. Check out this Fit Tip for the one stretch that will help improve your surfing ability.
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