Gearing Up for Hawaii's Winter Swells with Isaac Stant
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Isaac on strength training: “Through CrossFit, I train explosive Olympic lifts like the clean and jerk and snatch. Olympic lifts recruit compound muscle groups from head to toe, teach an insane hip explosion and firing of the glutes, hamstrings and quads, and require your nervous system to be on point which translate into stronger bottom turns and a better drive for off the top snaps and power turns.” Core and anaerobic training: “Core control through gymnastic movements like muscle-ups, handstand push-ups, pull-ups and hollow body holds. I do CrossFit WODs, high-intensity anaerobic workouts, about three to five times per week at my CrossFit affiliate, CrossFit Upcountry Maui, or at home in my garage. For me it’s just really important to have these in your daily training on land that translate over to surfing. Having a strong core will really make your turns easier to maneuver and more powerful.” Strengthening your mind: “High heart rate short duration exercise pushing past mental thresholds. Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable by constant varied functional movements. Switching up exercises; This helps me in crucial situations. For example when I take a bad wipeout and I’m under forever and my mind is telling me I need air, but really you have a lot more than you think you do, and it’s just about fighting pass that mental threshold. That’s why becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable can save your life.” This upcoming winter, Isaac will be surfing where ever there are good waves but Peahi (Jaws) will be his main focus, eventually making his move over to the Mainland to charge Mavericks. Good luck, Isaac!