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Surf’s Up! Trying a SURFSET Class at Chelsea Piers with RipSurferX

Instructor Diana Garrett

Surfs up with SURFSET Instructor Diana Garrett.

If you are one of those ABC-TV Shark Tank fans (OMG, what a great show!) then you might have seen SURFSET Fitness in action. Or maybe you saw it mentioned here on FBG. If you have no idea what I am talking about, allow me to explain. The SURFSET board is the creation of founder and CEO Mark Hartwick who wanted a way to take his love of surfing indoors (when he wasn’t playing pro hockey!).

SURFSET is an indoor surfing/paddleboarding class that has been getting tons of media attention lately. It’s a fun activity that will give you an overall body-conditioning workout on a strapped-down surf board—without the hassle of finding a beach (or even the need for decent weather). I decided to check out a class at Chelsea Piers and see what all the excitement was about for all of you Fit Bottomed Girls’ readers.

The moment you step onto a SURFSET board your sense of balance will be challenged, to say the least. Even the arm-paddling exercises (which you perform lying on your stomach) will make you grab the sides of the board to ensure you won’t roll off. I can’t claim to understand the technology all that well, but, in essence, the SURFSET board is strapped into a contraption that mimics the water and will constantly put your back and abs into “active mode.”

Instructor Diana Garrett is a tiny dynamo who gave excellent instructions throughout the class and even took the time to show off a few yoga poses on her board when we were done. Almost from the start, the group was performing “pop ups” on the board, which is just about the toughest thing I have ever attempted physically. First you need the strength and agility to jump up to a standing position, and then you need the balance to stay up there. Yeah, it’s not easy.

The class also features a cardio portion (hopping over the surf board), and then an abs section that really tested my entire core. I could feel the workout in my arms and legs for days afterward! Overall, it was an incredible time, and I may even now have the guts to try a surf class on the water one day! (Well, maybe…)

Have you ever tried surfing or paddle boarding? What new kinds of workouts are you dying to try out? —Margo

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  1. Kristine says:

    I’m dying to try this class – i am a fan of Shark Tank and have been avidly watching this little company become BIG! Thanks for the review….sounds very challenging but fun!

  2. Love love love SURFSET! We just opened our fitness studio in Sparks, NV on Monday and people are already talking about this class. Glad you enjoyed it!