Downwind SUP Training
My ultimate goal is to compete in the Maliko 8 mile race and as I am relatively new to water sports I was looking to work with a trainer that was not only familiar with local conditions but could also help me elevate my paddling skills to the next level and was not disappointed in hiring Suzie. She is both extremely knowledgeable and very personable, we worked in her studio where she designed a fitness program specific to my ongoing paddling needs and spent time on the water.
I did two, 3 mile downwinders where we started at Paia Bay, paddled down past Spreks, then over the reef into Camp One and finished at the lifeguard tower at Kanaha beach. It was an incredible experience that is hard to describe in words the thrill of catching bumps and glides but was also reassuring to know that Suzie was close by to help me safely navigate the swells. Once you have experienced a Maui downwinder you are spoiled forever and when I return I cannot imagine not hiring Suzie to help me continue improving my paddling skills in the ocean.
Peter Davies, Maryland USA
June 2012 Steve Sapourn, Maui, Hawaii
“Suzie you rock! My sessions with you over the past 10 months have dramatically improved my surfing and SUPing. Recently, I was surfing at Hookipa and there were three different waves where previously I would have been off the board that I was able to regain balance and keep riding. I could feel all the balance work we’ve been doing pay off. Thanks for your support, encouragement and fun engaging training sessions.”
May 1, 2012 Forty Pounds Lighter, Leaner and Feeling Fit! Meet my client Dano Sayles
Read more about Dano’s story and see his photos here: http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com/blog/2012/05/weight-loss-success-story-dano-sayles-of-maui-hawaii-lean-strong-and-healthy/
(Former world class swimmer & professional triathlete; Ironman Swim World Record Holder)
”I arrived at Suzie’s studio overweight with back, foot, and hip injuries from horseback riding accidents that have plagued me for years and eroded my level of fitness. I felt lousy being out of shape. I was fretting about my future.
From my first session with Suzie, she helped replace fears and regrets with new horizons and possibilities. By the third workout, I was feeling
exhilarated and my little successes were starting to add up. Each time she coaches me, I can go further with more comfort. Each time I am stronger and more able. Even when I whine and moan, she stays with me and I exceed what I thought I could do. I can do things I couldn’t do before and it feels so good! Compared to where I was when I began, this seems like a miracle.
Suzie is a great role model, a rare combination of keen intelligence, feminine strength, solid expertise, and steely resolve, all with a gentle, loving, supportive nature. I recommend her whole-heartedly to anyone who wants to be healthier and stronger. Do yourself a favor: call her to talk about your health and fitness goals. She is tops at what she does, loved and respected by her clients. If you are wondering if you can afford a personal fitness trainer, ask yourself if you can afford to stay on the same path you’ve been traveling. What is that costing you? Make an appointment to begin your journey to a better life, whatever your present situation. I’m sure glad I did!”
Lindagail Campbell, International NLP Trainer
Lindagail is very special. We’ve had some many magic moments together. Once, surrounded by 4 whales in Kihei while on a stand up paddling adventure! I look forward to seeing you again soon when you’re back on Maui. Suzie Cooney, CPT
“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, 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.
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. “
Mike Abrams , Pukalani
I’ve been training Mike for many years. He is very strong and an amazing windsurfer. He is focused and always performs to whatever I set forth for our session. I really enjoy training Mike. Thanks Mike for all your support! Good job and see you on the water!
“I was suffering with extreme pain with cause unknown for months!! I’ve gone through numerous tests and everything came out negative. I’ve gone to ER 4 times for the pain and I actually passed out once due to this extreme pain attack. Basically my doctor has given up on me and I had no one to turn to.
Coincidentally I saw her article in the paper and became very interested, especially with her orthopedic background.
Suzie is one of THE BEST thing ever happened in my life. I love the way she trains me and her compliments on my work truly encourages me! I would highly recommend Suzie with all my heart.
I basically want to say ‘I can’t live without Suzie!!!’
Anyone can contact me for any questions on Suzie’s performance as a trainer.”
Yuko Watanabe, Kula
Jeremy Riggs, elite stand up paddler and surfer, talent is amazing on the water and off! We’re working on a little cross training to increase his performance so he’s ready for any glide, bump or swell and for the surf this winter. Jeremy recently came in first place in his age group, 14 foot no rudder class, at the 5th Annual Naish Paddle Championships here on Maui July 18th. Jeremy finished with an impressive time of 1:18:45. This is the 5th year in a row he’s won the Naish rudderless division. I know he wants to keep this streak going!
“Suzie’s training keeps me at a high level of fitness without paddling. I’ve learned some really challenging exercises that are fun and will keep me strong outside of paddling. I also want to prevent injury. The number one thing Suzie gives me is more confidence and now I feel more prepared. Suzie’s helping me out tremendously. I’m doing more, so I should be better. ”
“Suzie is the most prepared, diligent and motivating trainer I’ve ever had from high school athletics up to professional skiing. She makes the most of Maui’s natural environment and keeps things fresh and inspiring!”
Chris McCutcheon, San Francisco, CA. Surfer, Stand Up Paddler, and Former Pro Skier
“I don’t know why I put off getting back into shape for so long, just the word WORKOUT sounded like work! But happily, I found that couldn’t be more untrue. Working out regularly with Suzie Cooney has not only turned around my resistance to exercising on a regular basis, but seriously turned around my appearance, strength, balance & even disposition. With Suzie’s gentle guidance based on praise rather than criticism I have seen a continual improvement in my strength & balance, lifting heavy objects (I lift furniture for a living) are all greatly improved. I didn’t realize that my body was craving the exercise until I started moving. It’s the best thing I have done in this decade! I’m 60, strong & sassy thanks to Suzie!”
“I’ve been training with Suzie and have lost over three inches from my waist, tummy and hips. Suzie has changed my life!”
Joan Martin, Kihei
“Being a lifeguard, I swim, paddle and run almost everday. Suzie’s training is fun and really challenges my core muscles. It’s awesome!”
Tony Colletta, Paia Maui North Shore Lifeguard
Five months ago I made a very important decision in my life, one that I should have made years ago, and that was to make fitness, health and well-being apart of my daily routine. I am a 38-year old single mom to a beautiful daughter who is truly the apple my eye and shares the center of my world.
I began training with Suzie on May 28, 2008, and as she was reviewing her “game plan” for me I stopped her mid-sentence, looked at her with tear-filled eyes and thanked her for helping me change my life. Many of us walked into 2008 hoping and praying that this year would be the year of “CHANGE”, and most recently we were embraced with the new-coming of global change. However, and most importantly was the change I was making and STILL going strong in my life. I have come down nearly three sizes and feel more healthy, fit and strong then I ever have before.
Suzie’s attention to detail, encouragement, commitment, and devotion to her clients are what makes Suzie not only a wonderful trainer, but also a fabulous person inside & out.
I love you Suzie, you truly are a ROCKSTAR! I will never be able to repay you for how you have helped me bring “CHANGE” to my life. THANK YOU!
Kristen (fellow Rockstar)
“Suzie’s made my workouts fun and efficient, always something new and challenging. I’ve learned very sport specific techniques and have seen results so quickly!” Jennifer, Paia
Surfer and windsurfer
“I started training with Suzie last January to prepare for windsurfing in the spring. One big day at Ho’okipa I got caught in the inside. If it hadnt been for the strength that I had gained while training with her in my upper body and my legs, I would have been eaten by this huge set. I was absolutely amazed that I could handle my gear and make it out okay. I now know the importance of getting strong and maintaining my strength. The routines on and off the water are challenging, but fun, and it really has paid off!” Michelle Wagner, Kuau
“Thanks Suzie! Without a doubt Windsurfing is THE most fun anyone can stand. You’ve made it so much easier for me.”
G. Smith, Haiku
I am so fortunate to have such fine clients and friends. It’s a sincere pleasure to see the postive changes and outcomes of their hard work and commitment. It is my greatest reward in what I do.
Join the healthy team today. You CAN be healthy, fit and strong! Sometimes we all need a little encouragment and someone in our corner.
Suzie Cooney, CPT Suzie Trains Maui 808-283-2121 For questions: http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com/contact/