Everybody's Gone Surfing...Yes, Even At the Gym!

SurfSetFitness Class SuperEats Style! 

"Surf's Up, Dude!" That's how I thought my instructor at 212 Degree Fitness was going to greet me when arriving to my first SurfSetFitness class. Instead we were greeted with easy instructions and safety procedures on how to operate the SurfSet board apparatus. I say apparatus, because it's more of a 'stationary surf-like simulator.' The board is attached to three wellness balls with safety straps, which modify the intensity of the workout.

Within the first five minutes we learned what to do if we fell off the board (more than likely) and to use our muscles and core to keep the SurfSet board still or quiet. A challenging task for us flatlanders.  

A Little History

SurfSetFitness was recently featured on the popular TV show, Shark Tank. Mike Hartwick, the SurfSet founder, says he created the total-body surf trainer as a way to achieve the results he received from surfing, ultimately to keep his body in peak physical condition. The popularity of the SurfSetFitness program has skyrocketed in the past couple of months and fitness gyms across the country are offering classes with the company's patented "balance, burn, build, blend" mantra.  

And trust me, after taking one SurfSet class, you will quickly feel the burn. 

The SurfSetFitness class takes you through different routines as listed on their website, "Every exercise on the board is designed to engage your core & stabilize muscles and shock the system to create real change inside & out. The body builder look is out & the lean surfer physique is in. You have to train like an athlete to build an athletic body type, and that means multi-planar movements that engage the body & mind in challenging and unique ways."

We're not in Kansas Anymore

And just like that, thousands of miles from an ocean, I was up on the SurfSet board, ready to catch some waves during class. But with one tiny lift of the leg, I quickly remember to breathe and focus my balance, strength and core. The SurfSet kicks your butt, literally in places you wouldn't get from strength training alone. We did planks, downward dog, hot sand runs, paddling, squats, arm raises, pushups, situps, scissor kicks. . . you name it - all on the board. Balancing becomes paramount. Giving up is for the sharks. 

212 Degree Fitness Trainer, Chris Kim says what he loves best about the SurfSet Board, "This is a fun, innovate way to exercise. I encourage everyone to try it out, despite your fitness level. It's a great motivator to enjoy exercising in a different and fun way." 

And for those die-hard strength trainers, Kim aptly encourages adding SurfSet to their routine, "Foundation is key to our bodies. Without a strong foundation we cannot be stabilized. This exercise routine strengthens those weak points and improves your overall performance, which you cannot get from weight lifting everyday." 

Even though we were miles from the beach or the tiki hut, we had a good time getting into bikini body shape. 

Special thanks to 212 Degrees Fitness and SurfSetFitness for the inspiration to get out there and get moving! 





July 30, 2015 by Heather Collins
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