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    Posted by Clement on October 25, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Barefoot

    I’ve a decent level of upper body strength from years of doing pushups, handstand pushups, pullups and inverted rows.

    However my paddling endurance is lacking and my shoulders start to fatigue after a few minutes of paddling.

    What exercises would you recommend for improving paddling endurance?


    Clement replied 2 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Alex

    October 25, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Hey Clement,

    Usually, we tell our people that paddling (during surf sessions) is the best way to build endurance in your shoulders. It’s the best way to train your shoulders in the specific way that you need them to. We have experienced being out of the water for a few months and finding ourselves having to rebuild that endurance once back in the ocean. It would usually take about one week of surfing every day to find most of our endurance.

    I have just been kept from surfing for about a year partly because of Covid, and only recently got back to it. About a month before getting back to the water, I started “open water swimming” about 2-3 times per week. I felt this was the best way to get me fit and gain my paddle endurance back, and it totally worked for me. On my first surf, it almost felt like I had never stopped. I was even surprised by how good that went.

    Some shoulder training exercises can be done at home, but they seem to be more for people who need to build muscles, not for endurance.

    Hope this helps!

  • Clement

    October 25, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks Alexandre.

    Unfortunately, just swimming or paddling doesn’t seem to be sufficient for me to build up the paddling endurance I need, especially in rough conditions. I’ve been surfing three times a week and my shoulders still get tired.

    I’ve recently started using a new exercise, called YTW, which I’ve seen a few surf coaches recommend on YouTube. It seems to be helping with my shoulder endurance.

    I’m enjoying the course content and it goes into much more depth than other resources I’ve tried. Are you intending to add to the content in future?

    As well as more content about surfing in the sea, I would be interested in exercises we could do out of the water to improve surfing fitness and surfing ability.

    • Alex

      October 27, 2020 at 8:08 am

      Hey Clement,

      Thanks for sharing it with us, we will check it out. And it’s interesting to hear your feedback on it working for you.

      I am glad to hear you are enjoying the course content. We are actively working on developing a fair amount of new content and we cannot wait to start releasing it to you guys. Covid has been a challenge but it’s on its way.

      For now, our focus is really on the technical side of surf coaching since we still have so much more to share. We might get in the surfing fitnesses but it would be more in the Mid-term range.

  • Clement

    October 31, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Good to know there’s new content on the way Alexandre. Look forward to seeing it!

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