180 Jump Squats For Better Surf Performance

In Surf Stronger Volume 1 we have several exercises for the lower body, and the jump squat is one of the best. Not only are jump squats great to strengthen your legs, they also simulate many movements that happen when you are up and riding—like powering through a turn, sticking a late drop, or generating speed down the line. In this fit tip we are adding a twist (literally!) to this great exercise.

NOTE: The 180 jump squat is more advanced than the regular jump squat. Make sure you are proficient at basic squats and have progressed to jump squats before adding 180 jump squats to your training.

Here's how to perform a 180 jump squat:

1. Start by crouching down and pulling your arms back.
2-3. In one swift motion, throw your arms diagonally across your body and leap high in the air, rotating 180 degrees.
4. Eye your landing and come down softy, absorbing the shock with your legs. The quieter the landing, the better. Think: ninja-like.

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As soon as you absorb your landing, quickly reverse the jump back to the starting position. Repeat this sequence 5 times. Then, repeat 5 times in the other direction.

When you are finished, you will have jumped 20 times.

By progressing to the 180 jump squat, you are taking the basic jump squat and adding a rotational plane of movement. Since much of surfing involves rotational movement, you are making your workout even more surf-specific. Add this new squat variation to your routine and you will feel the benefits in your next surf session.

For more surf-specific training, get a Surf Stronger video today.

Stay healthy and see you in the water.

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Disclaimer: Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. The suggestions here are in no way intended to substitute for medical advice.