Ask Beth: Do you recommend using a Vasa Trainer for surfing fitness?

QUESTION: Do you recommend using a Vasa Trainer for surfing fitness?

Hi Beth,

Would you recommend this vasa trainer machine for surfing fitness? I keep hearing about it and some surfers rave. I’m landlocked and need to get ready for vacation as last time the paddling killed!



Hey Bobby,

I too have heard good things about the vasa trainer. I would say give it a whirl and see what you think. Check online to see if there are any ”get fit for surfing” workouts that are done on the vasa trainer. It is probably pretty boring, so finding maybe some interval-type training might make it more fun. Or throwing it into some circuit training.

I also have a surf trip coming up and have not been able to find the time to surf. I have a one-year old and the old days of surfing every day after work are gone. To stay fit, I have been riding a ton, running a bit, yoga here and there, and trying to fit in two days a week of upper body weights. I figure the more fit I am all around, the better I will recover during my surf trip. The one area that I feel really out of shape is my speed in popping up. I guess throwing in some plyo training would be helpful. It is always good to be strong and flexible from head to toe to prevent any overuse injuries that may occur on a surf trip. I am also going to try and get in the pool a few times (unless I can go surfing) pre-surf trip. My friends put out a great video for weight lifting for surfing called “Surf Stronger.” You may wanna check that out.

Good luck and let me know what you think of the vasa trainer. Especially when you get back from your trip. Unfortunately the best way to prepare for a trip is by surfing, but some of us are not that lucky.