Fit to Surf


The Surfer’s Guide to Strength and Conditioning by Rocky Snyder

Rocky Snyder FIt to SurfCopyright© 2003 by Rocky Snyder.  All rights reserved.
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Flexibility Training

One of the most important elements in fitness, yet often the most overlooked, is flexibility.  When your muscles are tighter than they should be, you body's movement is restricted.  This makes any action require more effort.  The more you stretch, the more flexible you become.  Just by taking a few minutes to stretch before and after each fitness workout and before you surf, your body will feel better and function more efficiently.

The longer a stretch is held, the more likely it is that the muscles will relax and lengthen.  Holding a stretch fo 10 seconds is good, but 60 seconds is better.  If any stretch causes pain, stop immediately, and omit that stretch from the program for the time being.  Not all stretches are for everybody.  Perform those stretches that feel good.  The following stretches described and pictured in this chapter can be performed daily.

Chapter 9 provides detailed workout programs that incorporate these various stretches.