Surf Set Fitness
Surf Set fitness is balance trainer workout done on a real surf board supported by rubber balance balls. The idea is to mimic the workout your body receives from surfing on actual water, but you don’t have to be a surfer to use it. Mama O&O and I took our first Surf Set class when we visited the Montage in Laguna Beach, CA, and we both loved it! Neither of us have surfed before, (in fact, when the teacher asked if I knew who Kelly Slater was I responded, “Wasn’t she a character on Saved by the Bell?”), but we caught on quickly. The class we took covered a variety of moves, including squats, lunges, yoga, and push-ups, but it worked our core the whole time because of the balance aspect. I’d classify our workout as low-intensity, but I think it was because it was geared for beginners. I did wake-up sore the next day, although I can’t tell if it was the workout itself or all the laughing we were doing. I had a smile on my face the whole time as I tried to keep my balance and throw up a shaka sign.
Everyone has heard of Zumba and probably has a good idea of what it is like – a dance workout with Latin-inspired moves done to Spanish music. There are tons of Zumba enthusiasts out there who love this kind of workout, and if you try it and like it, that is awesome: you've found your fun workout! That, however, is not me. I tried Zumba several times and I just never got into it. I wasn't coordinated enough to follow the moves, I wasn't in love with the music, and some instructors don’t even speak to you, which makes it even more difficult to follow along.
If you read my birthday blog post, you’ll recall that Mr. O&O and I took up ballroom dancing in 2014 and we are total converts. We absolutely adore our new hobby for numerous reasons, but one is because of the additional exercise we get while always having a blast. Mind you, I would not recommend ballroom dancing as your only form of exercise because most of it is pretty low-intensity, but it is an excellent supplement to your normal workout routine. Alternatively, it is a great first step to getting active if you haven’t done so before or if you need something low-impact because of an injury. In addition to having a terrific time, one of my favorite active aspects of dancing is getting steps! I recently got a Fitbit and I can almost always count on reaching my 10,000 steps a day if I go to dance. If you are looking to up the intensity, Hustle, Samba, and Viennese Waltz are the dances at which you’ll most likely work up a sweat, but any rhythm dance that uses Cuban motion is great for core.