Today I am just showing you a simple core stability test you can try at home.
This is a functional movement test that many professional strength and conditioning coaches use on their athletes before starting a new exercise program.
To pass the test you need to be able to complete the movement 3 times in succession without your arm or leg touching the ground.
1. Start on all fours and then lift one knee and the hand on the same side of your body (it is harder than it looks).
2. Now extend your arm and leg and then bring them back and touch your elbow to your knee.
3. Repeat this movement 3 times in succession without your arm or leg touching the ground.
If you can pass the test, you more than likely have a good level of core stability and control.
If you fail, you need to start doing some functional core exercises to improve your stability and core control.
Remember, core stability is important for surfing (and any sport for that matter) as well as for injury prevention (especially back injuries).
Hope this test has been helpful!
See you in the surf soon,