We recently caught up with highly sought-after fitness trainer Paul Hiniker during a photo shoot for an upcoming Surfline Health and Fitness feature. Paul trains many of actions sports top athletes including professional surfer Taylor Knox and professional snowboarders Eric Jackson and Mads Jonnson. Paul’s main focus with all of his athletes is building a balanced, stable, strong and flexible body. In order to create this type of body a great deal of the training that Paul recommends is done using unstable devices. This helps simulate the type of environment that surfers, snowboarders, skateboarders and other board sports athletes will encounter during training and competition. This training focuses on making sure the athletes learn to maintain the proper posture, stability and balance while performing compound, sport-specific movements on these unstable devices. Paul’s goal is to better prepare the athletes for the chaotic, unstable environment that they experience in board sports training and competition. In these photos Paul is performing kettlebell stability exercises using the IndoFLO Gigante’ cushion with the Indo Pro deck on top. This Indo Board setup allows the user to simulate the instability and the proper posture and stance used in surfing and snowboarding.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of working with snowboarding World Record Holder (longest jump : 187 feet) Mads Jonnson and his personal fitness/strength and conditioning coach, Paul Hiniker. Mads is considered one of the best freeride snowboarders in the world and has the good fortune of working with reknown action sports trainer Paul Hiniker. Paul is not only incredibly well educated when it comes to improving performance in board sports athletes, but as you can see in the video he walks the walk too! Paul put Mads through a series of exercises on the new IndoFLO Gigante’ cushion with the Indo Mini Pro deck on top of the cushion. According to Paul, these products create an environment of instability that almost exactly simulates the unstable environment that one encounters in board sports. This instability forces Mads to activate and strengthen the stabilization structures of the feet, ankles, knees and core. The end result is a workout that challenges Mads’ strength, stability, fitness and neuromuscular response. You may notice that Mads is currently nursing a broken humerus and has very little use of his left arm and shoulder. His ability to perform these exercises with this injury not only speaks volumes about his talent and fitness but also illustrates the fact that balance and stability have very little to do with upper body movement and everything to do with proper form and posture and effective use of the legs, hips and core (torso). Visit the Indo Board YouTube channel to see more videos highlighting the use of Indo Board products in action sports training.
There is no shortage of scientific studies that confirm that proprioceptive neuromuscular training prevents sports-related injuries but a recent review of seven of these “high-quality studies” further confirms the evidence. The specific type of proprioceptive neuromuscular training varies in the studies but they all typically included movements and exercises that can be performed on Indo Board products. This includes, using balance devices, wobble boards, core stability exercises, strength training and agility training just to name a few. To see the review and summaries of each of the seven studies CLICK HERE
About a year ago Indo Board and Fitness Anywhere discussed the possibility of creating a fusion class that would combine movements and exercises from the Indo Board Balance Trainer and the TRX Suspension Training system. The goal was to create a challenging, functional and fun workout that focused on improving balance, stability and core strength. Thanks to the help of the experts at TRX and our Indo Board Master Trainers Jon Ham and You-Lee Rodriquez, the class was launched at the 2010 IHRSA show. Indo Board and TRX collaborated on this project to create a workout that further challened the TRX user by taking the normally stable contact point of a TRX movement (whether that is the feet or hands) and adding instability to that point. The net result is a workout that provides significantly increased muscular activation along with providing a more dynamic challenge to the balance and stabilization systems of the user. Below are some highlights from the class.