As you know, living in the Tetons requires a work hard- play hard lifestyle. Since I moved here in ’96, I have embraced many of the activities that are high impact while working on my feet 40+ hours a week. Additionally, I’ve tried to maintain my passion for surfing by going on a month long trip every April and November.I’ve been surfing regularly for almost 30 years. Obviously living in the mountains means that I am basically going on trips to get waves and jumping into sizable surf “off the couch“. Mentally this hasn’t been a problem since I am somewhat used to large surf and waves of consequence. However, I’m not in my 30s or 40s anymore, and although I maintain a certain degree of fitness from work and activities, I recently realized this wasn’t enough. This past December I visited my folks in California right when the best swell in a decade showed up in Santa Cruz. The waves were a solid double overhead and pumping!Although mentally I was there, physically I wasn’t. I had a few nasty wipeouts, and paddling back to the peak left me tired and unable to compete with the crowd. I got home and called Crystal for help!
My plan was to go to Tahiti for my 50th birthday in March so I started a 3 day a week program to get me ready for waves of consequence. Tahiti closed for COVID so I switched gears and went to South Africa in April. In Mozambique the sur was pumping for a solid week and I was having 3-4 hour sessions with only a few people out. I felt so much better paddling and duck diving which gave me confidence. Got a few bombs! Surfing is actually about 90% paddling, so working on my mobility really helped.
As far as other aspects, I’ve always been aware of the benefits of training in a gym. I think mentally the fact that I can see and feel a physical difference in my body is one of the most noticeable aspects. Seeing a difference has boosted my energy and confidence.
I have been bartending at the Knotty for almost 25 years now. Many people might not realize the physical demands of a 8-10 hour shift on your feet behind the bar. Of course my workout routine with Wright Training has had a noticeable effect on my recovery more than anything. Basically I don’t feel as sore the next day and my energy seems to have increased. I recently bought a FitBit to track my mileage behind the bar. So far an average shift is around 10,000 steps and 5-6 miles. I’m certain that strength and mobility exercises help with that.
As far as specific exercises in the gym goes, I really enjoy the variety and diversity that you guys put me through. However, if I would have a favorite I would say that for some weird reason the Russian twist seems to work me over pretty hard and makes my core feel stronger. Plus it has a funny name that conjures up the idea of some sort of Eastern Bloc torture!
One more note. At first I thought that I might dread going to the gym, and struggle to make it to my appointment. However, now I feel almost addicted to it and look forward to each session. The hour flies by and when I leave, I feel almost euphoric!
Included is a photo from my surf trip to Mozambique. I think it demonstrates the benefits from squats!!