Advanced Workout for Core Stability from Suzie Trains Maui

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Lara Claydon, SUP surf Maui dream goddess doubles up with Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui fame to create this short, but effective, video on developing core strength to be a beast in the surf.  Check it out.

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Tips from a Top Trainer in the Sport of SUP:  Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui gives specific technique for accessing and developing core stability for more power.  Here’s how:

The quickest and easiest way is to elicit your abdominal contraction for the first time: Take your fingers and put them on your stomach and try to contract your stomach as if you were contracting your bicep for a bicep curl. It’s kind of weird at first but you can do it. Once you’ve nailed this then you can proceed to exercise. The good news here is you don’t need a six pack or 12 pack to do so, your muscles are there you can’t control them.”

Suzie Cooney Trains Maui Core Stability

What You Will Need to Develop Your Core: Tips from Suzie Trains Maui

You will need a larger 55-65cm fully inflated and super firm stability ball,
1 BOSU balance trainer; and
a 8-10lb medicine ball or dumbbell

Progression: Layer on the Difficulty as YOU Become Proficient

Begin With: Both feet flat on the floor 12 inches apart.  Next, with your feet and knees together, lift one leg slightly off the floor.

Next Level:  Do the same movement while balancing on top the BOSU except lifting of the leg off the BOSU.

TRAINING NOTE #2:  You will discover that while bringing your feet and knees together, it’s very difficult to hold them there. This could be because your IT Band is super tight and/or the adductors of your inner thighs are weak. Keep working at this. You’ll get there. There are ways to strengthen/lengthen these areas too.

Sets/Reps: Complete 2-3 sets 10-15 reps each.  Progression: Advance to heavier weights (nothing over 10 lbs please to reduce shoulder stress)

Remember, YOU are actually the real weapon here. Once you connect your mind to your core, you’ve discovered your deepest and most powerful athletic potential. And always remember, #themindwinsfirst

Hope you enjoyed this article and video and found it helpful. Please share with your friends and be sure to sign up for Suzie Trains Maui’s newsletter to be the first to get more tips of this nature.

Special shout out to Lara Claydon for being the huge inspiration and talent in this video. Please follow her Instagram here @lalaclaydon

Share this video and article with friends and family. Everyone can benefit from a strong core.

If you’d like to train via SKYPE with me it’s really fun, easy and VERY effective. All you need is a strong wi-fi  connection on your lap top and not a huge amount of gear. I can help you get your home gym ready to go. Learn more by contacting me through my Suzie Trains Maui website.”

Written by, Suzie Cooney
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Aloha & thanks Suzie!




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Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.