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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Body Surfing Sprint Workouts

One good and enjoyable workout in the ocean that benefits your ocean awareness, body surfing abilities while taxing you aerobically and strengthens your legs is a body surfing sprint workout.

The goal is to body surf 10 long waves, putting in maximum effort getting back into position after body surfing in.

The waves can be of any height or size that you are comfortable with. While Olympians like Ky Hurst and watermen like Hank Wise will stare down a 10-foot wave, expertly sweeping down to the face and entering the tube, small 1-2 foot surf are also great training grounds for open water swimmers.

To catch a wave, you must time the wave perfectly. It requires you to start kicking and stroking hard to catch the wave. Once you are in the barrel, the power of the wave will propel you forward.

When you are one with the wave, you can navigate your direction with one of your hands and arms outstretched in front of you. But your legs should be pumping with a 6-beat kick so your body is ideally out in front of the wave, rather than enveloped in the whitewash.

As the wave’s strength starts to dissipate, your 6-beat kick can keep your upper body ahead of the wave to enjoy a longer ride.

Now that you are winded with the effort to catch and ride the wave, the aerobic challenge gets a bit more difficult.

Once you have exited the wave or the wave rolls up to shore, turn around and sprint with a full 6-beat kick back into your starting position. You may have to dive under a few breaking waves on the way back out to the surf line-up which will further tax your legs and help your aerobic conditioning.

Do 10 of these body surfing sprints – the offshore version of ins-and-outs – for an excellent ocean workout.

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