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SUP Pro Talk with Suzie Cooney

Improve Balance & Reaction Time: Indo Board Training Gear & Suzie on the New “Gigante” 24″ Disc

Maui Wave Action!

Waves are a force of nature like no other. Susan does a superb job to illustrate this and more. A great read!


Surf Stronger Order This!

Indo Board Balance Trainer’s Founder Hunter Joslin and Suzie Cooney Advanced Core Training Exercises on Gigante Flo Cushions

By Suzie Cooney, CPT owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC

It’s no doubt that Hunter Joslin, Indo Board Balance Trainer’s Founder and developer of the popular Gigante Flo Cushion, entertains and trains with me at this year’s Battle of the Paddle at Dana Point. Hunter was wowing the crowd with some tricks this weekend as Chip Martoccia, VP of Operations and I cheered on.

Hunter Joslin and Suzie Cooney train with Indo Board Flo Cusion

Hunter Joslin and Suzie Cooney having Gigante fun at 2012 BOP, Dana Point

I’ve been a team rider and ambassador for Indo Board Balance Trainer for some time, and thoroughly enjoy my time with Hunter and crew. We never miss an opportunity to play around and challenge one another. He’s quite the surfer and in very good shape. We’ve shared a few waves together on Maui, and I can say he is just a little competitive!

Hunter asked if I’d do this photo shoot and share some new tricks I’ve been working on in my studio here at SUZIE TRAINS MAUI. Of course! Turns out he had never tried or seen any of these so I was stoked, but under the gun to give him my best.

These exercises are THE ultimate core challenge and require good form, good posture and good overall anatomical health. Remember the core is where all movement begins and is everything excluding your extremities.

This type of training, I also refer to as proprioception training to encourage cat-like reflexes for your lifestyle, prevent injury and to provide the opportunity for your brain to command each finite muscle, tendon and ligament that supports all joints.

Continue reading Indo Board Balance Trainer’s Founder Hunter Joslin and Suzie Cooney Advanced Core Training Exercises on Gigante Flo Cushions

Stand Up Paddle Action with Suzie Cooney

Turn up the volume and check out this action packed video produced by Suzie Cooney of  Suzie Trains Maui and InVision Maui Productions.  Filmed here on Maui’s N. Shore, wave action at Kanaha and a few scenes from a big swell day where the easterly swell tapped in at 8-9 feet and the winds were blowing from 40-50 mph! Suzie is a SUP Team Rider For Naish. In this video, she’s riding the 9’0″ Mana and the 14′ Glide. 

Hope you enjoyed the video.  Get out and charge!

See YOU on the water….

Suzie Cooney, Suzie Trains Maui

Suzie Cooney is a Team SUP Rider for Naish International.    She also contributes as their fitness expert in SUP training. For all of her articles and tips go to: also check out:

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Radio Clip Suzie Cooney How to Choose the Right Sports Drink


Ever get confused on how to choose the right energy drink? Take a moment and listen to some helpful information that will make a huge difference the next time you may opt for a quick boost. Whether you are hitting the waves for a big session or having a nice walk on the beach, know how to choose the right energy drink to keep you going!Hookipa

This audio clip is from the Maui Breakfast Club. Maui’s number one rated talk show every Friday from 7am -8am. Tune In The Maui Breakfast Club: with Tom & Kellie Health & Fitness Specialist, Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui KAOI 1110 AM Join Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez, Co-Host Kellie Pali and Maui Weekly Special Correspondent Trisha Smith. “If it’s Friday, it’s the Maui Breakfast Club.”

For a more in-depth information,  you can read my article:  How to Choose the Right Energy Drink here.

Thank you for visitng, and I hope you found this post helpful. Be sure to refuel your body and hydrate!

In good health,Plumeria

Suzie Cooney, CPT

Suzie Trains Maui

Surfing Rules of the Waves

Lefts and Rights

Lefts and Rights

Whether you’re a seasoned tow in stud, or beginner surfer, some rules are written in foam, some are not.  There are many crowded breaks here on Maui and other places, so mind your manners!  Here’s some tips to keep you safe and have more fun.  Keep in mind there’s always one wave hog, one who blocks for his buddy and there’s people like me, stoked to give and take!

 1.      Wave rights:

 The person closest to the breaking part of the wave has the right of way. Look  and scan before you charge.

 2.      Side rail:

If someone is up and riding, paddling into the wave behind them does not give you the wave. Also note: In many more mellow breaks, the first person paddling for the wave owns it.  But some breaks are more tense and sometimes it gets pretty touchy in crowded condition. 

 3.      Dropping In  / Snaking ( DON’T):

 Dropping in  is taking off on a wave in front of someone who is already up and riding. NEVER.  Also known as snaking.

 4.      Paddling Out ( Take it on the head ):

 When paddling out, if you must get over a wave that someone is riding, paddle behind them (on the white water side).  This generally means getting worked for the sake of someone else’s ride. Hopefully they would do the same for you. Do not paddle in front of someone unless you are so sure that you will be 20 feet + in front of them that you willing to bet the well being of your board/car/dog on it.

5.  Know Where You Are and  Your Board is At All Times:

Nothng is more scary or annoying ,when a lone board is about ready to give you a piercing you didn’t ask for.  Sometimes leashes break, or get way stretched after a heavy set, and sometimes boards break!  If you get crushed by a sneaker, clean out set, do you best to keep your board near you at all times.  Sometimes if you must ditch and can’t duck dive,  just be careful as you come up.  The board could be spinning down on you or someone else, like a torpedo.

Be cool. If you see someone who clearly doesn’t know the right of way, or where the safe zone is, be kind. Remember what it was like going to a spot maybe a little over your head?

 See you on the water. Remember strong lats, and triceps = more waves! Suzie

Suzie Trains Maui


Advanced Ab Workout with Kettlebell or Dumb Bell

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 Advanced! Ab Prayers

 One of my favorites that really target lower and upper abs and gets restulst fast!  This is advanced exercise to work the abs! It requires a strong low back and it’s best to start with no weights, and work your way up. In the picture below, I am using a 10lb kettlebell.


Preparation:Sit on a mat with feet slightly apart. Heels on mat, toes up.

Lean back to the point where you can begin to feel your abs protruding, without risking low back compensation.  With good posture, shoulders back, focus on keeping your chest or sternum in a straight line.  I recommend to do this in front of the mirror.

AdvAbpray2As you twist, keep head and chest pointed straight ahead. Attempt to touch the mat with the weight and as you pull back to center. Engage your abs, and really FEEL it as they assist you to pull back that weight to mid line of the body and then to the other side.  Use the weight to get into a rhythm.

The speed should be a fast to moderate tempo!

I would try at least 3 sets of 25. Keep breathing, fast, short breaths!

Suzie Cooney, CPT


Tune In 1100AM Each Friday 7- 8am Health & Fitness

Each Friday I’m live on the air to talk about health and fitness! Join me and the Maui Breakfast Club from 7-8am.  I’m on around 7:30am, but the entire show is really wonderful!   If you have a topic of interest, please write me and I’ll mention your name on the radio!  You can reach me through my website at    (Submit Questions)  

“If it’s Friday, it’s the Maui Breakfast Club”….     Tom Blackburn-Rodriquez and Kellie Pali-Kaneshiro and special correspondent Trisha Smith.