by Suzie Cooney, CPT owner of Suzie Trains Maui
Maui, HI. December 27, 2011 : Your New Year Approach to Health & Fitness Choices for 2012 on Suzie Cooney’s Radio Health & Fitness Segment with the Maui Breakfast Club, every Tuesday on Maui’s KNUI 900AM @ 7:30am.
Make a “lifestyle” choice for life not for one month. Reward yourself with a new surfboard, new running shoes, and make a plan and stick to it and see yourself in that lifestyle. Like what you see in the mirror, but love yourself on the inside first.
Most News Year’s resolutions fail because it is not motivating enough. Forget them, get real and get real simple. Reflect back and see forward. Trainers like myself can help you plan and chart realistic, simple changes that before you know it, it’s March and you’re still on track.
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Feel free to share your comments and tell us your tips to help our audience can make long lasting, lifestyle choices. Let this be your year to set the pace for yourself, your friends and family. Live the life you always dreamed of now, make it healthy and simple.
Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trans Maui is a weekly guest on the Maui Breakfast Club with Tom Blackburn Rodriguez and Kellie Pali and shares every week, her healthy tip. From how to train for big surf, SUP stronger, train to be extra strong for windsurfing and kiting skills, or how to get off the roller coaster of yo-yo dieting and shed weight for good. For over 12 years she has helped hundreds of people get in the shape of their lives and live the life Maui offers. People come from all over to train and learn from her.
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Happ New Year Everyone! See you on the water! Check out my other website: http://www.standuppaddlingfitness.com/ Here you can change your life and discover a new way to get healthy with the awesome sport of SUP or stand up paddling. This is YOUR year to try something new!
Suzie Cooney, CPT
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Windsurfing is why I moved to Maui from Northern California. Before 1999, I’d sail Sherman Island, Rio Vista, Chrissy Fields, 3rd Ave, Coyote Point, Waddell Creek and Hood River. Windsurfing is still is one of my many passions.
Maui offers consistent trades, warm water, waves and much more. There are many greats that have retired here and new talent charging, like Sam Bittner and Kai Lenny. And then there’s Robby Naish, Matt and Kevin Pritchard, Phil McGain, Mark Johnstone and many others are still throwing forwards, setting the clew on the deck and keeping the sport alive and thriving. Here’s the latest events to mark your calendar, world-wide. Check out the line up on http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/
Introducing Trade Wind Event’s break out 2011 American Windsurfing Tour
The same people who presented the hugely successful 2010 Pistol River Wave Bash, will be a driving force behind the first annual American Windsurfing Tour.
• The premier event of the 2011 season is to be held at the famed beach at Waddell Creek, just south of San Francisco. It’s been scheduled for the first weekend in May to take advantage of the prime spring sailing season in Central Cal.
• The infamous Pistol River Wave Bash becomes the second stop, held once again over the third weekend of June during that magical time in Southern Oregon when the spring swells are still hitting and the more consistent summer winds are kicking in.
• Next it’s off to Punta San Carlos, on Mexico’s Baja peninsula, for some world-class down the line wave sailing. To be held over the last weekend of July into the first week of August, in the hopes of coinciding with a tasty south swell from the other hemisphere.
Maui’s own, Sam Bittner is going big for her sport. Support her and windsurfing! Go to: http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/ to follow the tour!
Rig big and hang on for some great sailing action this summer.
Event Director Sam Bittner
Suzie Cooney, CPT
If you want to train harder to sail better, carve deeper turns, I can offer you my 11 years of training expertise to help you soar higher, stick your jumps and hang onto a fully powered sail longer. I’ve trained many sailors and as one myself promise you will feel the results immediately transfer to your next session.
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Balance Training Makes a Difference for Two Maui Windsurfers
Whether you’re carving off the lip or throwing a forward loop, we’ve all had those days where crazy landings or a gust or lack of wind can really throw you off balance and into the water.
My two clients and good friends, Mike Abrams of Pukalani and Tim Ellison, owner of Polli’s Mexican Restaurant in Makawao, both windsurf just about everyday even after an intense training session. They’ve been kind enough to share a few of the things we do in the studio that transfers directly to the success and performance on the water.
Tim Ellison flying at Kanaha!!
Tim, pictured here loves to sail on the outside of Kanaha quite a ways out and knows that sometimes those jibes aren’t going to be full of wind. With all of the balance training we do he writes: “I must tell you though, what a great session I had yesterday. I can already feel the improvement in my balance,and what a difference it makes. I am even more excited about working with you as I can see the difference already!”
Here, Tim is working on independent leg strength and balance at the same time. The equipment we’re using here is called the INDO Board on top of the inflatable disc, made by INDO Board, called the Gigante.
I feel it’s important to to allow each leg work out the different finite muscles and the supportive muscles that support the hip, knee and ankle joint simultanouesly. Tim is incredibly focused and I often have to stop breaking studio records and move onto the next challenge.
Tim 1 leg INDO Board Gigante Challenge
Tim shows up ready to bring it each and every training session three times a week. If you’re sailing on the water, you’ll be sure to notice him with his smooth style and incredible balance!
TIm on the INDO Board & Gigante Disc Mike knee balancing on stability ball
Mike knee balancing on stability ball
Now Mike Abrams, also a regular at Kanaha, (click here see his article and extra action photos) really loves a balance challenge too. Balancing on a stability ball with your knees takes lots of practice, determination and focus. For Mike, it’s like nothing new. BUT, when we ad a 8 lb medicine ball, everything changes. If you’re just starting out on this move, be sure you practice near a stable object like a treadmill or stationary bike-something to hold onto.
Mike holding 8lb med ball
Balance training should be an integral part of your regular routine no matter what sport you enjoy, or even if you’re just reentering fitness at any level. Having good reaction skills can prevent injuries and unwanted down-time. You don’t have to have fancy equipment like this to make the best of your balance training.
Carve harder, last longer on the water with stronger legs, and get your balance game on! Order all the gear here:
For example, just simply stand on one foot with your knee bent softly and your knee tracking over your second toe. Use a long mirror to see how your body performs and to que yourself. If you like, take a dumb bell and hold it out in front of you and then move from side to side and see how you can control your positon.
Tim and Mike, a big thank you to you for sharing your talents and your experience with everyone! See you on the water.
For more tips and if you’d like to be trained by a professional, I’m happy to help. Call me at 808-283-2121 or visit my webiste at http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com You don’t have to be a windsurfer like Mike or Tim to benefit from balance training.
For more balance tips, check out other articles I’ve written : http://www.athleta.net/chi/2010/04/15/the-new-wave-of-balance-training/
You can also follow me on Face Book: http://www.facebook.com/suzietrainsmaui.
In good health and Aloha,
Suzie Cooney, CPT
Mike Abrams ripping on Maui!
“I moved to Maui to enjoy my passionate, favorite sport of windsurfing, and to raise my skills to the next level. Because Maui offers the best ocean conditions in the world for windsurfing, you have to be even more physically fit to tackle the more difficult open ocean conditions, including big waves. Windsurfing daily is simply not enough to help raise your sailboarding skills to higher levels. I knew I needed to strength train with a professional, but not with just any weight lifting coach. I wanted to find someone who also windsurfs because I figured they’d be much better at understanding how to tailor the workouts to better fit my favorite passion. I was in a real world of hurt because my old personal trainer gave up his business for another career. Then one day at the surf shop, my prayers were answered, when I found Suzie Cooney’s CPT business card, that said ‘Surf, SUP, Windsurf, & Kite Stronger NOW
I called and arranged an appointment. It was one of the best steps I have ever taken which has had nothing, but HUGE positive effects on improving my windsurfing skills and increasing my level of enjoyment on the water. Suzie comprehends our beloved sport of sailboarding so well, that she knows exactly what core training exercises, and balance procedures to execute during our workouts. She actually works-out with me for many of the exercises, and makes absolutely certain that each exercise is performed correctly, with the right breathing, and body posture.
- Mike Abrams SUP’n with style and check out the whale!
On most training days, I usually will sail the same day, and I can immediately experience the benefits of Suzie’s tailored training. As an example, my light wind water jibes are much easier now and I hardly ever fall into the water. I also notice, that I can make stronger jumps, as well as make more aggressive cut backs on wave faces. I attribute all of these improved skills to Suzie’s training. I feel very certain that without Suzie Q’s training, I would still be a much weaker sailor. Suzie is one of the most professional, caring, brightest people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I am so lucky to have one of the best trainers one could ever dream about, for ocean sports. Once you train with Suzie you will start sailing stronger, and happier right away. Suzie is simply the very BEST, certainly a 10 out of 10 in my life. I can’t wait for my next session with Suzie. Try her once and you will never go back or be the same on the water. “
I am so fortunate to know Mike and to be able to see him sail so strong! Mike is passionate about Maui and windsurfing and SUP too. He is so much fun to train and performs well!
See you on the water Mike!
Your fan, Suzie Cooney, CPT Suzie Trains Maui http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com
As you can see from some of my posts, I think using the Indo Board in my training sessions with people is really fun, challenging and raises a person’s confidence on and off the water. You don’t have to surf to enjoy the benefits of this great training tool. For years, I’ve put clients on the Indo Board post op bilateral hip and knee replacements, and those reentering fitness; to help improve their reaction skills and of course balance skills too. It’s also great for toning your legs.
It’s so fun to see their big smiles and looks of focus and determination. I often will time people to the point of fatigue or failure. Then we hop on again for more endurance drills. Putting a couple of dumbbells in your hands or kettle bells definitely add to the burn and fatigue AND challenge. I’m using a 10lb kettle bell in these photos.
You can easily modify in many different ways, the ways in which you progress yourself to more advanced moves. Always take caution as to the type of surface you perform on. For beginners, I’ll throw a yoga mat underneath the drum to slow it down a bit. Or, simply put the board on a disc for my more elderly clients, and then have them hold onto me or a very stable object.
It really makes a difference when you carve and as you push the rails or even on a windsurfer, or stand up paddle board. I can notice a huge transfer of control in strong or light winds and strength when I jibe into a turn, and when stand up paddling while trying to catch waves. I love it!
For fun, here’s Indo Boards September 2009 Newsletter to read more. Thanks Indo Board, that was fun! Suzie
My custom bathing suit by, Julie Stone of Posh Pua
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