How do you increase your surf performance with greater endurance, agility, and power without having to hit the gym before the water? It’s a very simple answer that most pros and coaches are doing these days, and anyone can do it! As a strength and conditioning coach, I ensure all my athletes and clients are engaging in what’s termed a “Dynamic Warm-Up” prior to their surf session, or any activity in general.
The purpose of warming up the body is to prepare an individual physically and mentally to maximize their performance, regardless of the type of activity. Many debates in the past have discussed the downside of stretching before exercise and unfortunately, many individuals fail to recognize the different types of stretching – dynamic and static stretching.
Both types of stretching are important to incorporate in any workout and research has demonstrated the benefits of dynamic stretching or a “dynamic warm-up” prior to any physical activity which will result in an increased blood flow from the internal organs to the skeletal muscle, increased heart rate and core temperature, range of motion, faster muscle contraction and relaxation, improvements in strength and power, and overall mental preparedness. In general, you want to increase your body’s ability to produce greater amounts of force to paddle faster, pop-up quicker, and maneuver your board with speed and power.