If you want to become good at something, you need to practice and give it your all. Surfing is no different. But it’s also a demanding sport, and when you’re not riding the waves, you can improve your skill level by working out and ensuring that you have the strength and stamina needed to pull off those eye-catching moves.
With that said, let’s look at some of the most effective surfing-related cross training supplies that you can use inside and outside of your home.
BowFlex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells
At first glance, this looks like an incredibly expensive set of dumbbells, as you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $600 for a set of 2. However, it essentially combines 15 dumbbell sets into one, and when you compare that to the cost of all those dumbbells and the rack, not only is it much cheaper but it also saves you a lot of space!
To choose your desired weight, simply turn the dial to select the lb. amount (also available in kilograms) and lift. The weight you chose will be attached to the dumbbell and the rest will remain on the base.
They are a little big, and that can be a nuisance at first, but it’s something you get used to very quickly.
The only other issue with these dumbbells is that they have a tendency to stick every now and then, but a little jiggling of the dial is usually all it takes to fix them.
Some users have complained that their weights break easily, but we haven’t seen this directly and the complaints account for a very small percentage of buyers.
If you buy new, you will have a 2-year warranty on all parts as well as a 5-year warranty on the plates, so this should cover you if you’re one of the unlucky few.
A good set of dumbbells and a little space are all you need to perform a variety of exercises and workout most muscle groups. For surfers, squats, deadlifts, rows, shrugs, and lateral raises are all recommended, and these weights work perfectly for them!
Checkpoint AL 3
The Checkpoint AL 3 is a great introductory gravel bike that includes a super lightweight aluminum frame, strong brakes, and a Shimano drivetrain. It is available in a variety of sizes and colors and is suited to all types of rider.
You can never underestimate the power of cycling and the benefits it provides to surfers and other endurance athletes. Unlike running, cycling isn’t hard on your joints and is a very low-impact way to exercise your lower body. Throw some tough terrain and heavy resistance into the mix and you have something that will test your strength, build your muscle, and push your endurance.
It’s the perfect way to exercise, and unlike the dumbbells above, it’s a workout that gets you out of the house and into the fresh air!
Just remember to grab a bike helmet to keep you safe and wear some protective pads or clothing if you’re going over tough terrain.
You should also look into buying a fitness tracker. Not only does it keep track of your heart rate, distance, calories burned, and other essential info, but it’s a great motivation to see how far you’ve ridden at the end of the day and strive to go further the next time.
DaFin Swim Fin Pro
Described as the “most powerful and comfortable fin in the water today” the DaFin Swim Fin was designed to improve speed and performance for swimmers, bodysurfers, and lifeguards, and it’s also a great workout tool to have in your arsenal.
The fins are lightweight and improve efficiency when you’re bodysurfing, swimming, and snorkeling.
BKC TK122 Angler 12-Foot Kayak for 2 or 3 People
The BKC TK122 is the first of two kayaks on this list and the ideal option if you’re exercising with another person. Kayaking is one of the best ways to improve your surfing skills without actually using your board.
You need a lot of upper body strength to paddle and core strength to maintain stability, and you’ll also remain connected to the water throughout. You can take it out for a short and leisurely paddle or try something more vigorous, it’s entirely up to you!
BKC PK13 Angler 13′ Solo Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak
A low-cost, well-built solo kayak that you can paddle or cycle, pushing your upper and lower body and getting a complete workout on the water. Enjoy the comfort of a solidly built kayak and the safety provided by a stable design made for all conditions.
Sunny Health and Fitness Compact Rowing Machine
If you want to do your exercising indoors but like the sound of a kayak, pick up a rowing machine instead. For a couple of hundred bucks you can get a highly-rated Sunny Health and Fitness machine from Amazon, one that comes with an LCD monitor, can take up to 285 pounds, and features a very smooth sliding rail.
Although it looks like all of the force is coming from the upper board, you actually drive with your legs, making this a great workout for your lower body, as well as your back.