Our regular Wednesday guest blogger, Miss Mia Legg, is back with another edition of ‘The Realm of the Kooks.’ This time around she offers up some surfing exercises to get your surf fitness in gear… well kind of.
This weekend my friend and I fell onto the topic of Usher’s abs. We came to the conclusion that instead of settling for the smallest bundle of cans you could purchase at the local brewery, why not go for the 12 pack like Usher. Or, if you work really hard you can beat even him and obtain rock hard 13 pack abs.
We all must remember that health is life and without it we will die. That is the reason why the true smarties have their own personal health regimens: Some crack eggs and eat them raw. Some follow Kanye’s Workout Plan. I think it is about time we discuss the surfer’s health regimen, because the healthier we are, the better surfers we become.
Mia’s Surf Workout Plan:
Practice your pop ups to hipster music
All you beginners out there, upper body strength is one of the most important elements to master. In order to stand up you must be a pop up guru. Thankfully we have muscle memory and we shall squeeze it for all it is worth.
For ten minutes everyday I play some motivational jams, typically hipster music because we all know it is SO inspiring, and I practice my pop ups. In this way, even when you are away from the water, or even before you start surfing, you will have the capability to jump up onto your surfboard before you can think the word, “snimkabomb.”
Drink ocean water
Obscure, yet meaningful. Dave Rastovich drinks salt water. The first time I tasted the salty Atlantic ocean I ran screaming for the sand and guzzled down a can of soda. I have come a long way from those days. Now, I truly believe there is major surf magic beneath consuming a super salty version of the element that gives us both life and the ability to walk on water.
Run, run as fast as you can & become a better swimmer than David Hasselhoff
I like to spend my free time reading the bios of professional and amateur surfers and I have noticed a commonality: most run everyday and most are certified lifeguards. Therefore, you should run every day and become a certified lifeguard.
And for the finale…
Naked Deep Breathing
Strengthening your ability to suck in air faster than a Dementor can suck out a human soul is a great idea. The process of increasing your lung capacity is extremely meditative. Plus, you never know how long you will be rolling under a wave, wondering which way is up. For reasons that make Complete sense, whoever took the time to edit the Wikipedia entry for diaphragmatic breathing advises doing this activity nude because it works well. I will not tell you why, but as you search through Wiki for the answer, have fun guessing.
This is my workout plan. Let it take you far.
Until next time, (… you better go to the beach!)
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