1. SURFSET® EQUIPMENT
1.1 What equipment is used in SURFSET® workouts?
SURFSET® workouts use the SURFSET® Board, the world's first total-body surf trainer designed to mimic the movement of a surfboard on water.
1.2. How is the SURFSET® Board different than other balance trainers, like an IndoBoard or a Bosu ball?
The Board is built with an actual custom made surfboard, engineered to allow you to perform a wide array of traditional exercises with the added core benefit of working out on an unstable surface. Other balance trainers cannot truly mimic the workout of Surfing, as they are either too unstable, too small, or they do not provide the same shape and exact movement of a surfboard on water.
The Board allows you to build aerobic conditioning, burn fat, build lean muscle, power, agility, stability & tone in addition to core & balance training. Other balance trainers can only claim 1-2 of these benefits.
1.3. Can I use the SURFSET® Board if I have never surfed?
Yes! The Board is an awesome way to introduce your body to the movements of surfing. It may be a challenge for you to work on the most difficult setting, but you can start at a beginner level and work your way up as your balance, core strength & surfing muscle memory improve.
1.4. Can I use the SURFSET® Board if I am not very fit or have not worked out in a long time?
1.5. What if I have an injury or I'm pregnant?
The Board is a wonderful rehab tool for bad joints and tissue injuries, but only if used under the guidance of a professional. The workouts are high intensity but low impact, meaning you will get all of the physical benefits without damage and overuse of fragile joints. We have had several pregnant women enjoy training on the Board, but it is very core intensive so its best to consult with your doctor first.
1.6. How big is the SURFSET® Board, can I store it in my house?
The Board has a footprint the size of a regular Yoga mat. It measures 5 ft 10 inches in length by 2ft in width, and sits about 11 inches off the ground. We also offer a custom stand to store your Board vertically.
1.7. How much does it weigh?
The Board is pretty light & portable, so you can move it around between workouts or for storage. It weighs approximately 30 pounds.
1.8. Is there a weight or height limit for someone using the machine?
The Board is weight tested to 450 lbs. The custom surfboard is injected with a very strong foam to ensure it will not break or crack while you exercise. Some exercises (like planks, pushups etc) will be more challenging for someone over 6 ft 4 inches, and of course the taller you are the higher your center of gravity which makes balancing on a surfboard a challenge. The Board is a great tool to develop superior balance & core strength regardless of height.
1.9. Does using the SURFSET® Board feel like real surfing?
Yes! The Board was created to perfectly mimic the feeling & the physical demands of surfing. The unique side to side motion of the board feels just like floating atop the water on a surfboard, and allows you to train the same muscles as a surfer without the ocean.
1.10. Is there a warranty?
The warranty lasts for 6 months and includes all replacement parts. There is no maintenance on this product, and it is extremely easy to assemble.
1.11. Is the SURFSET® Board suitable for children?
Yes! The Board is a fun & safe way for kids to get in shape and learn to surf at the same time. The workouts are low impact and only use resistance bands & bodyweight so as not to stunt growth or lead to injury. We have even developed special training videos for children, email email@example.com for more details.
1.12. Are there SURFSET® workouts I can watch at home?
Yes! Our team of Fitness professionals releases free workouts monthly for you to follow along with at home.
2. SURFSET® CLASSES
2.1. What is the SURFSET® workout method?
The SURFSET® workout method is a fitness program inspired by the sport of Surfing. SURFSET® is the world's most unique workout, combining elements of aerobic fat burning, lean muscle build, and balance & core training in one 45 minute routine on top of a custom made unstable surfboard.
Our Fitness Team draws inspiration from the adventurous spirit of Surfing, and each workout is designed to push your limits for ultimate results. SURFSET® focuses heavily on the core, where all of our strength and body control stem from.
Imagine combining the cardio benefits of Spinning® with the muscle toning of TRX® training & the core and balance benefits of working out on a Bosu® ball. Now throw in some waves & make it fun!
2.2. What are the benefits of SURFSET® classes?
SURFSET® is designed to combine the benefits of cardio training, strength training & balance training in one workout. This means improved aerobic conditioning, lean muscle build, increased core strength, agility, power, stability, flexibility & balance.
We focus on athletic movements that incorporate all major muscle groups & the tiny stabilizer muscles that give your body shape & definition. SURFSET® will help define your triceps for shapely upper arms, strengthen your obliques for a tight, toned torso, & work your legs in isometric contractions for that long, lean surfer look.
2.3. Why is surfing such a good workout?
Surfing is an extremely athletic sport. It works all major muscle groups in a dynamic environment that demands extreme focus & core strength. Cardio from paddling & explosive popup movements, isometric contractions of the legs to carve and control the board, and of course balance.
If you look at a surfer's physique you can see that the sport promotes long, lean muscle rather than the bulky body builder look. SURFSET® draws on all of the movements of Surfing to bring the body benefits to you without the ocean.
2.4. Who can benefit from SURFSET® classes?
Anyone who wants to break out of their traditional workout routine and shake things up to start seeing some real results will love SURFSET®. The adjustability of the board and built in progression of the program makes SURFSET® an awesome class for the true beginner to the extreme athlete.
2.5. Does SURFSET® have different types of workouts?
Yes! We have 4 different Signature Sessions that focus on different elements of fitness.
BALANCE: Learn the fundamentals of instability training, improving core strength, balance, flexibility & coordination.
BUILD: Build lean muscle with compound, multijoint movements on the Board. We introduce resistance bands & other strength training implements for max results.
BURN: Torch fat & tone your core with high-intensity intervals on the Board. Burn up to 900 calories per Session.
BLEND: This fast-paced program combines elements of Balance, Strength & High-Intensity Sprints with an extreme core focus. This is our most advanced program, building lean muscle, core strength, stability, agility & power.
We also offer a specialized class for kids ages 6-14 'SURFSET® Jr' & a program geared toward Seniors, 'Silver SURFSET®.'
2.8. How long are SURFSET® classes?
SURFSET® classes are 45 minutes, structured in high intensity intervals for maximum fat burn & lean muscle build. Every class finishes with a custom cool down to build balance & flexibility, and a final SURFSET® Challenge Move.
2.9. How many times a week should I take SURFSET® classes?
SURFSET® is a truly comprehensive full body workout that covers all of the fitness bases and you can do it 5-6 times a week if you'd like! Of course its always beneficial to shake up your exercise routine and incorporate a few different style workouts, so its definitely up to you how many SURFSET® classes you'd like to take. SURFSET® is an excellent complement for Spinning® or Indoor Cycling classes as well, as it can help balance out your upper body & core and open up the chest muscles to make up for hunching over all day.
2.10. How many classes until I start seeing results?
You will start seeing & feeling results after just 2 classes. The most pronounced results are firming of the triceps/upper arm & tightening of the core & sides. And you will see how quickly your balance & SURFSET® skills improve within the 1st week!
2.11. How many calories does a SURFSET® class burn?
It depends on your size & body composition, we have had ranges from 400 per class to 900 per class, with a 140 pound woman burning on average 500 per class. And don't forget that you are building lean muscle, which accelerates your calorie burn & increases your metabolism throughout the day. So even when you finish class and sit down in the car you are burning more calories than usual. This is why strength training is so beneficial!
2.12. What should I wear to a SURFSET® class?
Wear something comfortable, similar to what you would wear to a Yoga/Pilates/Aerobics class. We recommend tight fitting pants or shorts, so as to avoid tripping when popping up on the board. No shoes necessary (we like to keep it authentic!) and we sell specialty SURFSET® socks that will help your feet grip to the board.
3. TRAINER CERTIFICATIONS
3.1. Who should take a SURFSET® Certification Course?
Tier 1 Trainer Course:
The virtual or in-person Training Course is designed for anyone interested, personally or professionally, in learning more about the fundamentals of SURFSET®. It is an introduction to the Board, the SURFSET® Method for Personal Training, & the SURFSET® Structure for Group Fitness. Our Certified Trainers have included surfers, non surfers, personal trainers, athletes, (professional and weekend warriors), housewives, students & others.
3.2. What can I expect from SURFSET Courses?
Tier 1 Trainer Course:
The virtual course includes approximately 10 hours of comprehensive instruction in video, printouts & interactive Q & A. The course is an introduction to the fundamentals of SURFSET®. There are lectures, demonstrations, group practical application of movements, and a full exercise directory for you to study. The course closes with a 65 question practical test. Upon successful completion you will be awarded a Tier I Trainer Certificate & added to our official SURFSET® Trainer Directory.
The in-person workshop is an 8-hour comprehensive overview of the SURFSET® foundational principles, core movements and program design.
Completion of either the Virtual Training or In-Person workshop will award you a Tier I Trainer Certificate to teach & train with SURFSET®.
3.3. Are there any prerequisites to SURFSET® Courses?
No. It is recommended participants have some exposure to personal training and/or group fitness; please also surf the SURFSET website to watch videos and study movements & the Board. The course materials provided on the Network will be sufficient for participation and preparation for the test.
3.4. Do I need to have experience with SURFSET® or real Surfing to be certified?
No. SURFSET® is designed for everyone regardless of physical ability or experience with surfing. The equipment has multiple adjustment settings to suit an absolute beginner to an advanced athlete who wants to push the limits. We will teach all trainers modifications for each exercise and help you tailor your workouts to both your own & your classes' fitness level.
3.5. What does my SURFSET® Certificate allow me to do?
Tier 1 Trainer Certificate:
A Tier I Trainer Certificate qualifies you teach classes or small group sessions using SURFSET® methods in a professional setting. Once you receive a Tier I Trainer Certificate you can officially be called a SURFSET® Tier I Trainer (SS-T1). It is also a requirement that a fitness facility that advertises SURFSET® classes employs at least one Trainer with this Certificate.
3.6. Do I receive an official document or certificate for completion of a SURFSET® Course?
3.7. How do I register?
For Virtual Training Registration you must purchase a Commercial Package or Personal Training Package and we recommend that you wait to get started until you have received at least one of your Boards so you can follow along with the exercises. We will send you your access account details as soon as you're ready to begin.
For an in-person workshop, register here.
To be considered as a candidate for Master Trainer, please call (209) 819 SURF ext 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3.8. What are the costs of the certifications?
The Virtual Training cost is included in your access package to the Virtual Training Network. You will remain a Certified SURFSET® Trainer & stay listed in our Trainer Directory as long as you have an account on the Training Network.
An in-person certification workshop costs $295.
3.10. How do I host an in-person SURFSET® Certification Course?
Please contact email@example.com
3.12. Is the Virtual Training accredited?
The Tier I Trainer Course is accredited by the American Council of Exercise (ACE).
3.13. Does SURFSET® offer CECs?
Yes. The Tier I Trainer Course will provide 1.0 CECs from ACE.
3.14. Can I still participate in a course if I have an injury (or other physical limitation - to include pregnancy)?
Yes. SURFSET® is designed to accommodate all physical capabilities and limitation. Check with your doctor or physician before attending any course and use your best judgment during participation. There is no requirement to participate in any practical application or high-intensity exercise during the course or certification. Feel free to get in touch with our Fitness Director with any specific injury-related questions and prior to exercising so we can accommodate you appropriately and safely.
4. SURFSET® STUDIOS
4.1. What is included in opening a SURFSET® Studio?
1. Legal use of the SURFSET® name, logo, and promotional materials & support.
2. Access to constantly refreshed programming videos & educational materials on our Trainer Network.
3. Virtual Trainer Certification & Listing for your Studio on our main website.
4. Invitation to our yearly Convention for SURFSET Studios.
4.2. What is the cost of the Studio Package?
As of 1 January 2013 the basic package costs $1,800 per year. This includes a custom bundle of printed promotional materials delivered to you before your launch, an unlimited number of Trainer Certifications (for those who pass the online exam), 4 new SURFSET® Signature Sessions released to you per month, a listing for your Studio on www.surfsetfitness.com, and downloadable marketing materials.
We offer additional services for an extra fee: Specialty Programs (Kids, Yoga, Seniors) as well as the option to attend our SURFSET® Studio Owner Retreat, an intensive training course at our corporate headquarters, or to host a private in-person training at your facility with one of our Master Trainers.
4.3. Do I have to pay the Package Fee every year?
Yes. The yearly fee covers your access to new programming & trainer certifications, your listing on our website & continued promotional materials & support.
4.4. Do I need to be SURFSET® trained?
You must have access to the Virtual Training Network and pass the online Certification Exam before starting to operate as a SURFSET® Studio. We will aim to have you trained & ready to go within 3 weeks of receiving your order, according to your preference.
4.5. Do I need a website?
We will list your facility on our site, and link to your website if you have one.
4.6. What is the recommended equipment for starting out?
Depending on the space you plan to run SURFSET classes in, we recommend between 10 and 20 client boards plus one for the instructor. This requires between 900 and 2000 square feet of floorspace. We are all for unique spaces, it does not have to be a square studio with wood floors and mirrors, let's be creative!
4.7. Can there be more than one Studio in one town, city, state, neighborhood?
Yes. We do not limit the number of SURFSET® Studios in any given area. Almost any town or city has enough people to support numerous prosperous SURFSET® studios. We think of our business as the boutique fitness business, which is relationship based. Lower volume, higher quality, higher margin. It is our belief that the more Studios there are in one area, the more public awareness there will be of SURFSET® and the better it is for everyone.
4.8. How do I market my business?
We are here to help. SURFSET® has a highly skilled PR engine behind us, and we will ensure that you have all the materials & exposure necessary to be successful. We will provide new marketing materials (poster templates, flyer templates, email blast templates) monthly that will help you promote your business.
4.10. What should I charge?
There is no set amount you need to charge. But remember you are offering a boutique service and it deserves a professional rate. Take some time looking at other boutique group fitness offerings in your area and try to keep it on par with what they're offering. Strategize discounts for multiple classes to show value for repeat customers. We've seen success in pairing SURFSET® with another offering (Yoga, TRX, Pilates, Cycling etc) and offering a package deal to consumers who are looking for all around fitness.
4.11. Do I need insurance?
Yes, in order to be listed on our site you must have liability insurance.
If you do not already have this insurance we will guide you through the process, it is very simple!
4.12. How can I host a private in-person SURFSET® Certification at my gym?
You must have 5 or more Trainers to certify & there will be an additional fee for the in-person workshop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4.13. Is this a franchise?
No. SURFSETTERs are united around a fitness method. Our Studios are a group of boutique fitness classes offering the world's most unique workout in different areas.