Desperate to give your knees a break from running on the hard pavement? Then check out hot new fitness studio City Surf Fitness for an alternative — but equally effective — workout.
Think surfing, but without the wetsuit and waves.
The studio has special equipment from surfing innovators Surfset Fitness (one of Mark Cuban’s companies). The Ripsurfer X machine combines a paddling element with a balance board base, which mimics the feeling of surfing on water. It forces you to balance using all of your muscles, which increases flexibility, strength and endurance.
As you break a sweat, high-energy music blasts through the speakers, and a video of ocean surfers get projected on the front wall. If that throws you off balance, you can always watch yourself in the side mirror.
There are four different classes:
- City Surfing, which combines fat burn, lean muscle build and extreme balance training
- Beach Body Bootcamp, which builds strength and cardiovascular fitness on and off the machine through interval training
- Big Kahuna, which is designed to strengthen and enhance the size of skeletal muscles, while increasing bone mass
- Buddha Board, which improves strength, flexibility, balance and stamina.
The one-room studio has shelves to keep your belongings and a restroom for changing. You can sign up for classes online or on your smartphone app; purchase class packages according to your preference. City Surf Fitness also offers private lessons.