So here’s a question I get all the time. “Hey Nick, I want to get back in shape but I don’t surf, will surf training help me?
Yes, absolutely I say. Hell YES. Today, I’ll share why.
Maybe you never plan on surfing. Maybe the ocean isn’t your thing. Maybe sharks scare the living hell out of you. Or maybe you just don’t have any desire to jump on a fiberglass board and ride waves.
No hard feelings. We’re still friends.
But listen up because here’s why you should still use surf training even if you never plan to become a surfer. I’m going to take off my surfer cap for just a second and put on my personal training and nutrition coaching hat.
Here’s the truth – Training like a surfer will make you a better, healthier, and fitter version of yourself.
Here’s 3 ways:
1) You’ll Move Your Body Better
Training like a surfer will help you move your body better.
It’s not just about the aesthetics of looking good. Yes, muscles look good and they are very helpful, but they need to be functioning along side joints, ligaments, and tendons.
And most importantly, the nervous system has to be functioning well for everything to work optimally. A great way to start moving better is by learning to breath using the correct muscles. Obviously, as a surfer, breathing well is vital to surfing well.
As a non-surfer, breathing better will directly translate into better posture and less pain. You’ll all of a sudden be able to move your body better because you’re using the muscle designed to breath (diaphragm) and giving a much needed break to those muscles that aren’t designed as well to breath (think upper back, chest and neck). If you experience any chronic neck or shoulder pain, learning to breath properly can be a life saver.
Flexibility is also a vital part of surfing well and therefore surfers need to constantly work on this part of their fitness with stretching, yoga, foam rolling, soft tissue works, and massage.
As a non-surfer, increasing your flexibility and mobility is one of the best anti-aging tools on the planet.
“Mobility halts and reverses accelerated aging which happens not only from physical activities, trauma, and injuries, but also from just daily living…Mobility is the elixir of life, a truly innate fountain of wellness. Movement is life!”
A basic squat is a perfect example. We should, as human beings, be able to squat with our butt below our knees while maintaining a straight back. Look to any young child to see this flawless form in action.
Unfortunately, most of us can’t do this basic movement as we get older. Whether it’s sitting too much or not using these muscles often enough, the body loses the ability to get into these positions. This only gets worse over time.
Surfers must prioritize mobility work because surfing demands it.
If you want to age gracefully, stay active without getting injured, doing surfer mobility drills will help you immensely.
2) You’ll Get Stronger
Training like a surfer will make you stronger. Surfers need power and strength to paddle into big waves and perform explosive moves on the wave.
This is where strength training comes in.
As a non-surfer, strength training will make you a better human being, full stop.
It will test you, both physically and mentally.
It will demand focus and commitment.
You’ll build muscle which means your metabolism will work better, your bones will be more durable, and you’ll be much more capable of doing cool things with your life.
Surfers need to be strong. You should be strong. This is especially true for the ladies out there. You’ve been told your whole life that you need to be small and skinny.
That’s bullshit. Muscle is sexy. Muscle is the key component to long-term leanness. Muscle is vital to doing fun things with your body.
Training like a surfer using old school strength exercises will make you stronger.
3) You’ll Become Leaner
Surfers not only need to be strong, but they also need to be lean (low body fat) because so much of surfing well is a delicate balance of mass and buoyancy on the surfboard.
A little extra weight can throw off the precise movements of the surfboard in the water.
As a non-surfer, getting leaner is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It will help you avoid the risk of diabetes, lower your risk of heart disease, help you sleep better, increase your energy levels, and put less stress on joints and ligaments.
Of course getting leaner is mostly a result of what you do in the kitchen. This comes down to basic habits around eating whole foods, getting enough protein and veggies to stay satiated, and maintaining good hydration with water. By following a few simple rules that the food industry doesn’t want you to know about, you can get leaner and improve your health in a matter of days.
What’s Your Plan?
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.”
Same goes for fitness and health.
If you don’t have a plan, someone else sure does.
- The pharmaceutical companies telling you that you are broken and need their drugs.
- The junk food industry manipulating you with savvy marketing so that you buy their sugar-bomb nutrient-void foods.
- Soda companies equating happiness to drinking sugar water.
- Beer companies seducing you with the glorification of getting drunk and objectifying women.
You get the idea. Without a plan, you’re most likely on someone else’s plan.
Showing up to the gym and just going through the motions isn’t going to get you where you want to go.
Eating the same “healthy” foods during the week and letting loose on the weekends because all will-power is gone and you get a case of the fuck-its isn’t going to help you get to your goals either.
You need to have a strategy and you need to have accountability.
That’s exactly what you’ll get in my 30-day Surfer Body Program.
You receive a detailed plan on exactly what workouts to do on each day. There will be no more thinking, just showing up and doing the work.
On the nutrition side, you will know exactly what works for your body and your lifestyle. You’ll still eat the foods you want to eat, you’ll just have to make a few tweaks around the timing of when you consume those foods. With 5 simple, easy-to-follow rules, the Surfer Body Nutrition Plan sets you up to be a fat-burning machine. I even give you a 30-day meal plan that you can follow.
The program is now open, click below for all the details!
30-Day Surfer Body Program