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Michael: Wairarapa, NZ

Surf Health & Fitness is an online resource for surfers wanting to surf better by eating better, moving better and thinking better! We filter all the crap in the ‘Health & Fitness’ world and present the best training methods for surfing, the best nutrition advise to optimise your health, and the best mindset tools for surfing your best. Progressing your surfing is the key to longevity, and what you do out of the water is just as important as what you do in the water.

 

Founder Michael Frampton:

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Michael Frampton surfing Ulu’s ’16

 

I am currently training surfers at the purpose built facility here on Sydney’s Northern Beaches: HPSC High Performance Surf Centre,  17 Villiers Place Cromer NSW 2099.

We offer Surf Coaching, Surf Specific Personal Training and group classes. To book a session or to find out more call 0424 787 343 or email: mike@surfhealthandfitness.com

I am also training clients at their homes, beaches/parks and rock pools on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

 

Bio

I took my first group surfing lesson when I was 16; I was instantly hooked. Surfing became my obsession. I was still in school, and we lived half an hour from the beach. I managed to convince my mum to take me in the weekends, (thanks mum)!  But I quickly realized how physically demanding surfing was.  All week, all I could think of was surfing, and then when I got in the water in the weekend that hunger for wave time turned into frustration with my slow progression and lack of strength and fitness. I channelled all of my mental surf energy‘ and I started to exercise daily in an attempt to maintain some fitness during the time between surfs.  My passion for surfing was the driving force behind me spending my lunchtimes at school sprinting and long- jumping, and my evenings skateboarding.

I left home as soon as school was over, and surfed everyday. Being surf-fit and surfing everyday, meant I got better with each surf, and my obsession with surfing intensified. The following year I went back to study. The University was 1/2 hr from an average surf beach so surfing became a once or twice per week activity.  I joined a local gym and began strength training and swimming. I started to feel stronger on my feet from strength training and my paddle fitness was maintained from swimming. All in all my surfing was still progressing despite little water time.

Following this, a tragic motorcycle accident and major knee surgery had me out of the water for 18 months.  I didn’t listen to my surgeon when he told me that I will never surf again and instead sought help from the best physical therapist in my region. He taught me about biomechanics as well as rehab exercises – which I would do all day while watching surfing videos. Surfing was the only thing motivating me to recover and to keep fit.

After being dismissed from physical therapy, I sought out a personal trainer who taught me powerlifting exercises – and I subsequently began to regain full body strength. I felt strong, mobile and fit, so when I returned to surfing I was surprised to be surfing better than I was pre-knee surgery! This was proof that what you do outside of surfing can improve your performance in the water, and my predilection with surf training began to grow as strong as my passion for surfing. I enrolled in a personal training course to study anatomy, physiology and exercise science. I am still a student of human movement, performance and health, and as such I continue to educate myself and refine surf training protocols. I have worked with many different coaches, from dance to olympic lifting; kettle-bells to martial arts; attended countless seminars and read piles of books. I have learnt what works, and what doesn’t work, and I love to share my knowledge with others.

I specialise in surf-specific training – ie strength and conditioning for the movements of surfing, athletic development, surf mobility, body awareness training, balance, speed and quickness training, injuries and injury prevention.

Because I my experience with 2 ACL knee surgeries I have a special knowledge & interest in knee rehabilitation and have helped many clients with knee rehab – working closely with physiotherapists. I also have a bankart / SLAP lesion shoulder injury and 2 herniated discs in my lower back, so I am also good shoulder rehab and lower back rehab.

“What can we do when we are not surfing to get the most out of our next surf? Remove the physical limitations of the body to allow us to fully express ourselves on a wave.”

Surfers are athletes as well as artists.

Everybody is an athlete. I help people discover their inner athlete.

I have been researching, practicing and helping others improve surfing performance through improving movement, nutrition and mindset for 14 years.

My top passions are surfing, health, fitness and helping others. Bringing the ‘health and fitness’ message to surfers.

Every course, diploma, certificate I have done, every book I have read, every coach I have trained with, every lesson learnt has been filtered through my “how does this help my surfing?” bias. I have spent my life studying human movement and health, and I have learnt what works and what doesn’t work for surfing. I spent a few years living in London and I only got to surf through surf trips a few times a year. Yet every day I trained to be a better surfer, and each time I went on a surf trip I was surfing better and better! I surprised myself.

To express myself to my full potential on a wave is the strongest desire within me, the body is the vehicle  for such expression, yet often also feels like the greatest hinderance. Transform hinderance onto potential.

Qualifications/education:

Diploma in Functional Performance from ‘Faster UK’.

Certificates in Personal Training and Strength Training from NZCF, NZIHF (New Zealand)

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)

Rehabilitation workshops from various Physical Therapists

Gymnastic and body weight strength training Workshop, ‘Carl Paoli’

Natural Movement workshop, ‘MovNat’

SAQ and Plyometric Workshops and training

Pose Running, workshops and training

Olympic Lifting, workshops and training

Functional Neurology

Feldenkrais

Pilates

Yoga

Dance

Wing Chun, MMA

Paul Chek

Gray Cook

Gary Gray

Scott Sonnon

The list goes on….

I am always learning, keeping up to date with the latest in Performance, nutrition and health. Always filtered through my Surfing bias. And so grateful to share the knowledge with you. There is so much crap advise when it comes to health and fitness, let me be your trusted health and fitness guide.. but always filter my advise through your own common sense and experience.

Services include:

1 on 1 training, group training, surf fitness seminars, surf nutrition seminars, surf workout programs.

Dry land Surf lessons.

Sports specific nutrition for surfers.

Sydney, NSW, Northern beaches, Narrabeen, whale bay, manly, dee why, palm beach, Avalon, Mona Vale, Newport

Train on the beach, at the park, at your place or come train at the purpose built facility HPSC High Performance Surf Centre  17 Villiers Place Cromer NSW 2099

To book a session

Ph. 0424 787 343

email: mike@surfhealthandfitness.com

 

Surf specific personal trainer

Surf fitness trainer.

 

Testimonials:

“I never would have thought that dry land training could speed up my progression in the water so effectively.  The more strength and conditioning I do the faster my surfing gets, the more I explore my movement the easier moving on a wave  is”

Shane

“Michael is an exceptional trainer.  He is extremely pleasant to work with yet very demanding and focuses relentlessly on achieving pre-agreed objectives.  If you want an easy hour he’s not the right person for you. 

What particularly distinguishes him is his technical understanding and training.  He is very highly qualified and obviously knowledgeable and passionate about the science of whole life fitness.  I have no hesitation in commending him, (even though he is a Kiwi!).”

Ian Davis

“I trained with Mike for a bit over two years. He is knowledgeable and intuitive, provides good variety in training, has good judgement in working around people’s injuries or body weaknesses and generally has a good, calm, patient but still motivating and pushing for best effort attitude.  He is good with and can relate to all age groups and can provide nutritional and lifestyle advice that goes a bit further than the usual and plain vanilla. Mike seems genuinely interested in the workings of the human body and the attainment of optimal health. He has an inquiring mind and continuously develops his knowledge.  I was very pleased with the excellent results of his training sessions and I am not one of the most easy to motivate for exercise.”

Astrid Bell

“As a stressed and ultra busy MD running a media company Mike managed to keep me engaged with training whilst imparting knowledge about nutrition/diet in a non prescriptive way. A key issue, as I hit middle age, is of course flexibility and trying to keep the weight under control from too many business outings – it’s to Mike’s credit that both areas improved and that I remain committed to a gym regime. Highly recommend that you meet with him and discuss your training needs.”
Guy Chapman
Managing Director
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