Get ready for your summer surf!
Your next surf trip is getting closer and closer but your landlocked winter body is a little stiff and out of training? Or do you simply need some inspiration for your daily workout? Either way, we know exactly how you feel!
Luckily, we are currently having our good friend Katja visiting us here on this beautiful island. Katja is not just working with us on Zealous as part of her Clothing Engineering studies, but she is also super fit as she’s a fitness trainer in several gyms in Hamburg and Berlin. Together, we had some great workouts at the beach in the morning. Inspired by those fun and sweaty sessions, we decided to put together a few of our favorite exercises that will help to make you fit for summer and improve your surfing.
The following seven exercises are a fusion of a classic workout and yoga. We divided them into 7 parts which focus on two different things: The first four exercises are core strengthening practices with three levels of difficulty. Whether you do all three variations depends on your own fitness level. If you don’t know which level of difficulty you should choose, just start with the easiest one and you’ll feel which one is right for you. Try to improve every time you work out, increase the repeats and/or the duration.
The following three exercises will stretch all muscle groups you worked on before and will help you to get more flexible. Let’s go!
1 – PLANKS
The base for our workout is the plank pose which builds core strength. It focuses on your back, arms and shoulders and will help to improve your posture and therefore your surfing.
2 – SIDE PLANKS
Starting from plank position, lift your right arm up and turn your body to hold the side plank.
! Make sure that your hands are in line with your shoulders, that your upper body is upright, that your hips don’t move forward and your abs are tensed!
3 – DOWNWARD FACING DOG
To go into the downward facing dog, you start again from plank position: Just lift your bottom up and straighten your legs and arms.
4 – WAY TO UPWARD FACING DOG
The way to Upward Facing Dog is done in a flow. This combination of poses will help to open your chest and increases upper-body strength, which you will need for your next take off!
! Make sure to contract your abs.
5 – GARUDASANA
With Garudasana we start the stretching part of our workout. This exercise will stretch your shoulder blades and your gluteal muscle.
6 – SPINE ROTATION
To improve your mobility and strengthen your back muscles (for more and upright paddle power!) we now work on your spine rotation.
7 – ROLL UP
With the last exercise, we will work on your spine mobilization, start again from standing, feet together.
Congrats, you’re done! If you want, you can repeat this workout once again. Or you choose the exercises, you liked the most. You’re feeling fit already? Then don’t loose time: Book your next surf adventure, grab your new surf bikini and catch the best wave of your life!