Surf Stronger w/ Serena Brooke
by Avra K.
Pro surfer Serena Brooke wants you to surf longer and stronger. Her workout dvd, “Surf Stronger,” lets you train with ‘one of the fittest surfers on the planet,’ otherwise known to her friends as Sauce. At the U.S. Open, Serena talked to Cool Girls about the video, which took six months to film. “My friends say it’s hard,” she admits, “but good!” For Serena, the effort is worth the results: “When you’re feeling fitter, you’re definitely more confident.”
Of course Serena skates a Cool Girls' deck.
Serena’s very friendly and seems like a great person. She’s also part of an elite group of athletes: the top female surfers on the planet. I didn’t know how strong surf pros had to be until I tried this workout. If you’re ready for a challenge, this is it! Although the exercises will definitely be easier for serious athletes, beginners and less fit people can start by adapting the pace and number of reps to their ability level. Scott Adams, the surfer/fitness pro who designed the dvd, suggests starting with the Quick Core workout and working your way up to the Main Core exercises.
My favorite thing about Surf Stronger is that, for two of the three workouts, you don’t need any special equipment. All you need is a good attitude and determination. You can do your Warm Ups on the beach and the Quick Core workout anywhere you can lie down comfortably. Here’s everything you need to know:
WARM-UPS: Do these right before you hit the ocean: (post-jog, pre-surf)
SHORT REPORT: Hard, fast-paced exercises.
FOCUS: Shoulders and especially hips
SUMMARY: This segment stars Scott, who says, “longer held, slower stretches tend to slow down your reaction time and that’s the last thing you want when you’re paddling out.” Instead, you need “dynamic movement.” That means, get going!
QUICK CORE WORKOUT: 10 minutes
SHORT REPORT: Oww! If you want killer abs like Serena, get them here.
FOCUS: Crunches, back extensions, push-ups, jack-knifes, side planks, etc.
SUMMARY: Rotating Push-ups . . . Need I say more?!
MAIN CORE WORKOUT: 28 minutes
SHORT REPORT: I just watched in awe!
EQUIPMENT: A stability ball and mat
SUMMARY: Actually, I did try a few of the main core exercises for the sake of truth in journalism -- and the stability ball helps a lot. It seems to absorb the impact of the exercises, which makes them more fun.
Alright, time to stop reading and start repping. Final words of inspiration from Serena: “What drives me? The desire to better myself, in life in general, whether it’s fitness or personal or career. Just to evolve as a person and better myself.” If you want to better your surfing, Surf Stronger’s a good place to start.
Check, Serena out on the web at:
Now Available ... Digital Download of Surf Stronger for your iPod or iPhone. surfstronger.com/order