I was so excited to see that Surf Set was finally here in the DC suburbs! We usually don’t get the cool stuff for months or years after the hip New Yorkers or Californians. You may have seen Surf Set presented on Shark Tank in September of last year. So what is it? How does it work?
” SURFSET® is all about getting away from the traditional static workout and challenging your body in new ways. Every exercise on the board is designed to engage your core & stabilizer muscles and shock the system to create real change inside & out.”
I would describe it as a surf board on top of 3 bosu type balls, that create an unstable platform that requires tons of core stability to balance on. The class is done barefoot so your feet can grip the rubber surface. Modeled after the moves that surfers do, SurfSet is a 45 min class comprised of 20 second intervals of cardio, strength and balance exercises. The class I attended also used body bars to simulate oars as well as provide a greater challenge while balancing on the board. The class we attended was at Crunch Gym (check your local Crunch-we also found free 10 day passes on their site).
My daughter is always willing to come along with me and check out new classes. She had just spent the summer taking actual surfing lessons in Spain and was eager to test this out. Although it was not the same without the water, we both really enjoyed the class and found it quite challenging. This class required lots of balance and core strength which I loved.
Plank moves on the board-I had to consciously engage my core to keep from swaying from side to side. We then moved onto mountain climbers on the board. This was hard but fun and I decided to post my first video on the blog:
This class was a blast! I love trying new fitness classes that challenge me and force me to recruit different muscles than I use while running or cycling. I especially like the low impact, high intensity format which allowed me to work up a sweat without beating up my body with more impact. I think it is a great addition to any fitness regimen. I’d love to go again.
Have you done SurfSet? What other new fitness trends are you doing?