INDO Board Demo Day at the Zancudo Lodge Costa Rica with Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui
January 5, 2011 – Reporting from the most beautiful SUP and surf and fishing spot in Southern Costa Rica, The Zancudo Lodge! Owner, Gregg Mufson is hanging ten on the INDO Boardas he and the crew prepare for the surf rolling in this week. I’m here introducing the team on how The INDO Board is great workout for everyone.
We have all the gear from INDO Board, including the new Gigante disc to challenge beginners to the hard core SUP’rs and surfer alike. Gregg, Yvonne, Sloan, Elle, and Di all participated in an afternoon of learning, laughs and some thigh-burning fun. I can tell their addicted and promised them, after this workout we’ll all be ready for any water action tomorrow!
We started the morning on a mellow, slower surface. Next we graduate to the beach to hard pack sand for some faster action and more fun. In such a short time, everyone got their groove on and was hang’n on the nose. I challenged them to an upper body challenge which Gregg, Di and Yvonne immediately worked up a small sweat with the plank and one leg lifted behind them, alternating at 5 – 10 second intervals. Below, Gregg is performing the advanced plank with one or both feet behind him, on a Gigante disc.
The Gigante disc is the newest platform training tool for INDO Board, that inflates up to 12 inches that achieves the 4-way action intended for those who want to enhance their SUP or surf performance. We placed both discs under Gregg’s surf board and what a ride. Inflate it more and hang on!
It’s my favorite piece of equipment in my studio at home. I also use it for clients just recovering from major hip or knee surgery as a rehab element. Today we’ve kept the inflation to 6 inches as my willing participants start their training.
Then off to what I call the core bug. This move is in the prone position requiring glutes and the upper scapular region of the shoulder blades to work in unison as we seek the most stable position. I recommend keeping the head in a neutral position. I also suggest to keep breathing smoothly and hold the position for 15 – 30 seconds. Rest, then repeat 5 times.
In addition to this great core exercise, by placing the INDO Board board directly on top the Gigante, together we performed leg burning same side lunges, for a count of 5-10 each leg.
Gigante sitting came last where Yvonne, Di and Elle gracefully sat on top of the Gigante as feet and hands stayed off the ground lending to an extreme, deep core constant, contraction! Well done girls.
You can tell we’re having too much fun. I can’t wait for this spring when I host my STAND UP For Women’s Health and Fitness in April, here at the lovely Zancudo Lodge! All the gear is here and so is the fun. For more information go to: http:www.suzietrainsmaui.com/events.
This lodge is like staying at the Four Seasons. From warm waves to a cozy robe in your room, excellent food and gracioius staff, to healthy, to amazing food prepared fresh everyday.
Thank you Chip and Hunter at INDO Board, for sending these boards and discs over. Gregg and the others are on their way to be SUP stars.
Pure Vida and Aloha!
Suzie Cooney, CPT of Suzie Trains Maui
photos by Marvin Ortiz
FULL MOON SUP PADDLE MAUI, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
For the brave and adventurous, Maui was the place to be, last night, September 22, 2010. You could see the bottom of the ocean at 8:30 at night. Adorned with glow sticks and glow bracelets, some boards and paddles even decorated and one prone paddler, Shawn, slipped into the warm waters of Maui to stand up paddle under the full moon!
photo by Kevin Frest
With Noah, Randy Royse,Eddie Ogata, Nitsan, Mark ,Shawn and I leading the pack, looking back behind us and the glow of green lights with the lights of Makawao, Pukalani and Kihei on the hillside as the moon rose behind us. A light breeze on our chests heading out, it was an awesome experience. The tiki torches lit the beach and guided us back as we rounded a catamaran as our marker in the distance. Becky and Steve saw shooting stars, Dagmar and Annette were in awe and kept a brisk pace. Milt was our safety sweeper and made sure everyone was safe and on course. Sarah from Naish had her own eager crew and was mindful to keep the pack together too! Thanks Sarah for all the boards and help and enthusiam.
Joel, Marissa, Sandy, Janet, Lyn, Omi, Richard, Jade, Alfred, Joe, Scott, and so many others enjoyed this adventure and created quite the photo opportunity for Kevin and Bonny. Kevin Frest, a professional photographer who happened to specialize in night photography, saw the torches and the strange glow coming from the beach and grabbed his camera! Tripod set and he started snapping away. Notice the stars in the photo above.
The late summer swell started to show itself and many grabbed a few rides back to the beach. The water was so warm it was hard to get out. I headed to the beach and Laura Dunn, neighbor and friend had brownies ( so healthy ), to share. I grabbed one, then headed back out until about 10:15. There were small bumps and it was so addictive to be out under the moon.
I think I can speak for all of us, that it was truly an awesome time. After we returned to the beach, loaded the boards, it was time for a little guitar and chill’n under the palm trees and with the tikis still lit, a few songs to pass around and share.
Please join us for the next full moon adventure and last before the whales arrive, Friday, October 22, 2010! See Events, at Suzie Trains Maui, or click here for more information.
A big thanks to Coach, Sarah and Nitsan from the Maui Naish Pro Center! Milt for being our guardian, Dagmar and Lauren for feeding us treats, Richard and Sarah for your kind donations, and all that came to share and glide!
Stand up paddling will change your life. Getting fit, making new friends, enjoying a healthy lifestyle couldn’t be more fun!
Aloha and until next time,
Suzie Cooney, CPT
To learn more about Kevin Frest and his other interests besides photography go to www.frestroyce.com
The threat of rain and thunder storms didn’t stop this group of wonderful gals for a fun early Saturday of SUP fun. We had quite the rowdy bunch where this time the giggles and laughs began on the beach and continued on the water. We even had a few waves. Dagmar dominated! The ab workout wasn’t as popular as I hoped, hmmm, but the paddle lunges were executed with excellent form and enthusiam!
STAND UP To Slim Down Saturdays are FREE to the women of Maui , who want to learn how to stand up paddle and have some fun staying healthy and fit. It’s supportive, encouraging and inspiring. You just never know who you might meet and who YOU might inspire.
Our Maui Girl SUP Team included: Regina, Rhonda, Emily, Dianna,Wendy, Joan, Kilee,Deanna, Roxanne, Simone, Valerie, The Famous Trisha Smith, Coco, Laura, Dagmar, Kilee, Synneve and Joann and Wendall from the Kihei Canoe Club, who cruised through on his one man! I so enjoyed meeting some new friends. See you all on the water! See you on the big day, January 9, 2010.
Enjoy these photos of friends having fun learning to SUP. Way to go girls!
A BIG thank you to Simone Reddingius for volunteering once again, her talent behind the lens! Please check out her excellent action photography at:
Also, another thanks goes out to Deanna and Roxanne for being my sweepers!
Stayed tuned for the next FREE Sup clinic in December. What a great way to stay in shape during the holidays. Grab your paddle instead of a cup of egg nog!
Also, if you’re looking for a new paddle, check out the line up from Kialoa Paddles. I use their “Methane” model. It’s quick and the oval shaped shaft is very comfortable. Click here for more info.
If you or someone you know wants to pump it up, get a jump start to fitness, be healthy and strong, I’m here to help. Life changes don’t happen over night and it’s much more fun to have someone there to help you get there faster. So let’s have some fun, call me 283-2121 or e:Suzie@SuzieTrainsMaui.com