Why surfer girls are the ultimate fitspo!

Alanar Blanchard

Australian surfer girl Sally Fitzgibbons won the ASP Billabong Rio Pro last week. Sally is known for her clean lifestyle, gorgeous smile and athletic and toned body.

Sally is not alone, her fellow pro surfers have some of the most amazing fit and healthy bodies of any athletes on the planet.

Why is this so? Let’s break down why they are able perform at the highest level on the world stage and look great while doing it.

They train hard

These days surfers spend almost as much time in the gym developing muscular endurance, leg strength, power, mobility and core stability as they do in the ocean. This is done though surf specific fitness, strength, gymnastic and yoga-style training. Giving them a lean, long toned appearance.

Their lifestyles and clean and healthy

These girls are physically active everyday and eat clean to maximise performance and recovery.

The surfing itself is a great workout

Intermittent paddling for hours in slight hyperextension, develops posture and tones the butt, lower back, upper back, arms and shoulders. Driving through the legs and rotating the upper body for turns and other manoeuvres, tones abs thighs and glutes.

So maybe it’s time you took some surfing lessons and hit the gym and yoga studio with the goal of becoming a clean living surfer girl? Learning to surf is great fun and an accomplishment in itself but the awesome bonus from this healthy pastime can be a seriously toned bod!

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Neil Russell
Neil Russell is the founder of ATLETA and one of the most highly qualified, experienced and sought after trainers in Sydney. He has trained Hollywood celebrities, models, top athletes and high profile corporate clients. He started working in the fitness industry as a gym instructor in 2001, while studying Human Movement Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). In 2004, he spent hours performing physiological testing on athletes in the UTS human performance laboratory and wrote his thesis examining the physiology of team sports performance. For his research paper he received a First Class Honours Degree. Since completing his major work, Neil has built a reputation of being an authority on exercise and sports performance training having had a number of articles published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. He is currently the resident expert exercise consultant for Weight Watchers magazine, and has featured in other publications such as CLEO, Men’s Style and Woman’s Day. Neil also lectures at the State Sport Centre (ACPE) and has taught at UTS and UNSW. As an Exercise Physiologist Neil is able to safely help professional athletes and his personal training clients achieve their individual goals, even when they present with an injury or chronic pain. Boasting unparalleled professional experience and knowledge, combined with his passion for maximizing his clients physical and psychological wellbeing, Neil is the ideal person to help you achieve your goals.