To start off the year 2015, I would like to offer you this simple but extremely effective routine to build your strength and balance to be a better surfer in 2015:
BOSU Agility Routine
This is a very simple, straightforward exercise. If needed, it can be done next to a chair or a counter to hang onto for a better support. Regardless of what level of this routine is being performed, it should not take more than 5 minutes of your time. The difficulty progression is as follows:
Standing on two feet
Standing on toes of both feet
Jumping on two feet
Squatting down on two feet
Standing on one foot
Standing on toes of one foot
Jumping on one foot
Squatting down on one foot
Grab a swiss ball with your feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly squat down keeping your knees directly above your feet. As you bend, raise your arms straight out for balance. Squat down as far as possible, then come back to your starting position and repeat. Keep your spine in a straight posture (bend at the hips and knees, not in the spine). Inhale on the way down and exhale on the way up.
BOSU CORE TWIST
Stand on the flat side of the BOSU in an athletic stance with a slight bend in your knees and hips. Hold a medicine ball or alternative weight with straight arms.
Keeping your hips forward, rotate your upper body as far as possible to the right using only your core.
Return to the centre position, then rotate your upper body as far as possible to the left. That is one rep.
Balancing the wobbly BOSU makes this pretty challenging, and recruits more muscle fibres in your legs and core. If you find this too difficult, turne the BOSU over and and stand on the curved side.
For more exercises and a structured program to take your surfing and fitness to the next level, please check out THIS PAGE.
P.S. To have more energy for surfing, what you eat really counts. This info graphic shows you the most alkaline foods you can add to your diet in order to give your body the nutrition it needs – clean, natural and healthy.
The 7 of the most alkaline foods are:
Mix one or two of these veggies into your morning freshly squeezed juice on a regular basis, and you will reap the benefits.