World champion Joel Parkinson.
World champion Joel Parkinson.

Joel Parkinson shares fitness training program on new app

OUR very own surfing world champ Joel 'Parko' Parkinson has released an app to steer future contenders to board-riding victory.

The iPhone application contains the fitness training programs that helped Parkinson storm to a decisive ASP World Championship Tour victory.

The programs were spawned from a five-year partnership between Parkinson and ironman Wes Burg and provide a guide to the flexibility and fitness required by a top-tier surfer.

The extra conditioning allowed me to get the best out of my surfing. It let me surf harder, for longer, and it's played a huge part in the success I've had in recent years.

Video demonstrations, step-by-step instructions and programs customised to each of the 10 World Championship Tour stopovers are included in the app."I first started working with Wes in 2009, and it completely revitalized my surfing," Parkinson said.

"The extra conditioning allowed me to get the best out of my surfing. It let me surf harder, for longer, and it's played a huge part in the success I've had in recent years."

The app even allows surfers to choose the type of wave they would like to train for.

"Training these days is so much more than just beach runs and push-ups, and different kinds of waves require different kinds of movements to surf them well," Parkinson said.

"We've been able to refine our programs to the point where it doesn't matter whether I'm paddling out at Snapper or Trestles or Teahupoo, I'm paddling out fit and confident."

The Joel Parkinson Pro Surf Training iPhone app is available for download at appstore.com/joelparkinson.



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