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Five quick tips to make you and your surfing stronger

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Surf Fitness

Cris Mills offers up five tips to surf-specific strength and mobility

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 March, 2015 - New York City, New York - Surfing requires some seriously dynamic movement. While even the most conditioned of gym rat surfers will tell you that there's no replacement for time spent in the water, there's certainly heaps one can do to improve not only their performance in the water, but their overall surfing health.

Strength and conditioning are just as important as surfing technique, and Cris Mills, Surf Strength Coach, is the expert in strength and conditioning.

Cris is a licensed massage therapist, a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist, level 2 CHECK practitioner (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiologist), and a level 2 Neurokinetic Therapy Practitioner. He works mostly with surfers, helping them to train in a way that avoids injury, regain the ability to surf after injury, enhancing their performance, or improving their overall nutrition and lifestyle.   

We asked Cris to give us a few easy-to-follow ideas of what we can be doing on land, to improve what we do in the water and bring out your inner Mick or Michel

5 Tips for Surfers:  

1)  Breathe.  Whether you look at it from a meditative standpoint, relaxation, or its effects on core function and spinal stability, proper diaphragmatic breathing is important.  From stress, injury, and lifestyle, a large majority of people don’t breathe efficiently these days.

2)  Squat.  As long as you have no serious orthopedic issues, take time to regain or improve your ability to engage in deep squats. Surfing requires dynamic flexibility through the body—from pain prevention, to general strength, and your overall movement on top of your board, deep squat joint mobility is a good thing to have.  

3) Stretch. The postures and sedentary lifestyles of modern life change the way your body can move, and not for the better. The hips and shoulders are two key areas of movement that typically lose proper range of motion due to modern life.  To combat this, spend a few minutes several days per week performing some type of specific stretches or tissue release around these joints.  

4) Eat Well. Pay attention to your food.  Modern diets can have drastically negative effects on the human system.  If you care about your health, your ability to be active, and have a desire to improve your performance, focus on a whole foods based diet.  This whole foods approach can differ from person to person, depending on current health issues, digestive system health, athletic goals, and even genetics. =

5) Move. Your body is designed for movement, so challenge it, to improve the way your body interacts with the world.  You can pick any fun activity, from surfing, Jiu-jitsu, dancing, martial arts, gymnastics, skateboarding, and rock climbing, to hiking, and more. 

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Rebecca Dubow

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