Play Hard? How to stay injury free

Play Hard? How to stay injury free

I’m all about playing hard, and I bet you are too! How do the top guys and girls stay fit and injury free at any age?

What’s the secret, why is Kelly Slater, 11 time world champ and oldest competitor on the world surfing tour, competing against kids half his age, still ruling it at 42?

Let’s face it, we are all going to get older but we can still hang with the pack if we take care of ourselves! I have a strong background in working with skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, surfers, paddle boarders, runners, triathletes, rowers, and rock climbers. I help to create more energy and balance so they can stay in peak performance on any given day.

So what do the pro’s do?

And why does Slater still rule? Yes, talent, of course, but read up there’s more!

Here’s one quote I just have to share from Outside Magazine: Click here for more.

“Slater does almost no dry-land training—no weight rooms or beach calisthenics. He’s a big believer in the power of regular, deep-tissue bodywork, “where they walk on you and use their feet,” and has recently started traveling with a hard plastic roller with a vibrator inside that he uses to work out the kinks in his muscles. Recovery after a contest can mean a couple of weeks of no surfing at all.

The one thing that stands out in his otherwise low-key program is his yogi-style diet. Most days his breakfast is a homemade pudding made of chia seeds, raw nuts, goji berries, and yogurt. At home he makes his own almond milk in a blender, straining it through cheesecloth. He frequently drinks a concentrated dose of omega-3 fatty acids from marine algae. Over the past couple of years, he’s cut out almost all caffeine. When he’s traveling for surf contests, his “very big suitcase” is packed “half with clothes and half with food.”

Does this sound like you? Or are you somewhere in between? How can we take the lead from the top surfer and apply it to our life and our sports?

Here are my top three tips to stay fit for life!


1. Eat well, eat clean, eat foods that fuel you. I work with athletes of all shapes to increase energy in their life thru diet, and with a little help you can work out what foods are right for your body too. First, the trick is to find out what may not be working and add in the energy foods (more to come in later blogs on energy foods).


2. Bodywork. After a big event, major workout, or a throughout a multi-day event make sure you recover by getting adequate rest and having regular massages. This is key to alleviate knots and revive circulation in worked muscles so there will not be problems in the future. If you ever find that something seems unbalanced or tight come in for a massage to create balance again. Otherwise you risk overusing other muscles to compensate – creating more damage.


3. YOGA. Use active stretching before your sport to lubricate joints (or warm up slowly), then after workouts hold poses for longer to create space, balance and flexibility in the body. Find a yoga instructor in your area that specialises in Yoga for Athletes or Vinyasa Flow Yoga. A restorative based Yin Yoga practice is amazing once or twice a week as well. Even if it is only 10 minutes a day of yoga – it will have an impact. Check out my site: for blog posts on yoga for athletes and to join me in a workshop or retreat in the US, Costa Rica, New Zealand, or Bali.

Happy Trails! And hope to see you enjoying your active lifestyle forever!