Every sport requires mastery, training and most of all exercise. It takes a lot of discipline, training, and proper exercise in order to master the art of surfing.
You may have a cool surfboard and all the proper gear and equipment, but without the proper training and exercise, surfing will prove to be a challenge for any surfer.
Even if you’re already a professional surfer, proper training exercises are a must in order to keep your body fit and ready to hit the waves. The effort you put into training and exercise will be a considerable factor that will determine your output performance while surfing.
There are a few crucial movements needed in order to have a great surfing performance which includes the following factors:
- Leg strength
- Full body/core control
- Whole body balance
- Muscle coordination
In order to keep your body at its best performance while surfing, mastering the perfect pushup is ideal in order to build all the points indicated above.
These are the critical points needed to be developed by surfers, no matter what age or level of surfing experience you’re at; pushups will address all these needs and prepare your body for all the pressure and strength exertion during surfing. If your upper body strength is lacking, it will directly affect your performance.
Why are pushups important?
Pushup exercises offers key movements that help develop the body’s strength and muscle coordination, which is crucial when surfing. When performed correctly, the pushup is great in developing full body control and in developing endurance.
The exercise coordinates the “pushing muscles” which involve the core muscles (chest, shoulder, pelvis and hip muscles). Professional surfers all have this in common: strong bodies and excellent muscle coordination and endurance.
Having a regular pushup exercise is just as important as having a cool surfboard with you to ride the waves.
Pointers while doing pushups
Do not drop your head
Make sure to raise your head at all times so as to regulate the body’s blood circulation throughout the body. Lowering your head while performing a pushup is a faulty movement which may lead to weakening your neck muscles.
Make sure to always keep your head in line with your body as you perform a pushup. Imagine a full body planking situation, but with the difference that your body pushes itself up and down in order to develop your arm and leg muscle strength.
Do not sag your lower body or torso part
It may be convenient and may relieve the body’s stress for a while, but it will defeat the purpose of developing upper body endurance and strength. Doing otherwise can lead to serious back injuries, so keep your body straight and don’t drop your body core while performing a pushup.
Sagging your lower body or torso adds much unwanted stress to your lower back and applies a compressive force to it, which can damage your body.
Control your movement as you push and lower yourself to the floor
Quality is more important than quantity. How many pushups you’ve done is not as valuable as the quality of those you’ve done to develop your body. Don’t rush into having a great number of pushups.
The key component of a properly executed pushup is not in terms of the number but how correctly you’ve executed the exercise.
Ensure that there is proper body alignment at all times
Keep your body in good postural alignment while performing a pushup. Not doing so leads your body into the improper use of muscles which can create imbalances in the body.
These imbalances can lead to joint misalignments and injuries which may affect your body’s overall flexibility.
Don’t bend your knees while performing a pushup
For some women, they are told to drop to their knees if they are having difficulties executing a full-body pushup. This, however, changes the muscle’s performance, especially in the front of the body.
As a result, there is lesser strength developed in the pushing muscles involved. Better still, just place your hands on an elevated surface to perform the pushup. Doing this, will help lessen gravity’s force and in turn make the pushup much easier to accomplish.
Gradually develop your body’s endurance and upper body strength until a full body pushup from the ground is possible.
Keep your body fit, healthy and ready to hit the waves anytime by having the proper training and exercise. Develop your upper body strength, muscle coordination, balance and endurance and you’ll be definitely on your way to a great surfing experience!