I love living on the coast! I grew up in suburban Maryland, and enjoyed living in both the northeast and the midwest in my twenties. When I turned thirty-something, my husband, newborn and I move to coastal NC. It didn’t take me long to realize, Wrightsville Beach is a destination. What is life like? Those who are fortunate enough to live here will tell you, it’s centered around the water! Even our approach to fitness is a bit “coastal”.
Today I want to introduce you to my favorite fitness accessory, and it’s not your garden variety of sports equipment. As a matter of fact, unless you know what groms are, or frequently use the word kowabunga, you probably haven’t heard of the Perfect Surfer.
The Perfect Surfer is a cleverly developed suspension system to which you add your surf board. This device was originally developed as a way to simulate the fluid resistance of the ocean and allow surfers to perfect their ability to “pop-up” onto their moving board.
At Cape Fear Sports Enhancement, this piece of fitness equipment has become much more than a method to enhance a surfers “pop-up”. Yes, we do train competitive surfers, but have also found benefits of using this surfing specific trainer for all our athletes, including the land lovers. Using this novel approach to training, atheletes can improve their balance, proprioception, and core conditioning. Here is a short video to help you visualize my favorite fitness accessory.
If you are tired of the same old routine, try something new! I like the Perfect Surfer because what could be more fun than simulating the joy of riding waves to better fitness? What is your favorite fitness accessory? What creative ways have you used fitness accessories?
Diane Boyd, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N.
Austin Howlett, C.S.C.S. U.S.A.W. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist