Category Archives: Functional Movement

Client Case Study – 5 Things I learnt With a Year of Coaching

  5 Things I learnt With a Year of Coaching Anniversaries give us a chance to reflect on the past year and to set further goals. This week I’ve been reflecting on my year with a personal trainer/movement coach. Particularly as I’d had a session where I felt I hadn’t made any progress! So I started thinking about what had changed and what I have learnt. Mostly it seems I’ve learnt more about me… my mind, my body and the way I move in the world…. physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Unbelievably, it’s almost a year since I first made the call to Mitch Barrow from Surf Better Longer to see if he could help me sort out ongoing issues with my posture and lower back. He’d been recommended by local Naturopath, Tim Altman. When I looked at Mitch’s website it seemed like he only...

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Surf Story

I started training with Mitch about 2 years ago because I wanted to improve my general fitness and flexibility toward maintaining and possibly improving my level of surfing. After over 25 years in the water I was suddenly starting to feel older, everything was tightening up and I wasn’t as responsive anymore. I had niggling hamstrings, a sore hip, creaking over-used shoulders, tight muscles in my central back, the list went on. I wanted to go to Hawaii at the end of the year and my body wasn’t going to cope. It was all becoming unsustainable, so I knew something had to change to enable me to once again ride a wave how I wanted to. Mitch combined a stretching and strengthening routine with massage and physical exercise to completely convert my body. By the time I left for my trip I felt like I...

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Rotational Stretch for Surf Related Back Pain

Mitch takes us through a rotational stretch that helps to overcome surf related back pain and improve your surfing. Useful for anyone who wants to move better. Here is a small excerpt from the Surf Better Longer Video series:...

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2 exercises for dynamic surfing

2 simple exercises for advanced movers and surfers. These exercises highlight the importance of being able to compress through the legs with speed.   Here is a small excerpt from the Surf Better Longer Video series:...

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Outdoor Training Video

Mitchell demonstrates a number of training possibilities using stairs from the perspective of using our surrounding environment as opportunity to move in various ways: Physical structures and objects are seen as possibilities Whole body movements, rather than isolated body parts exercises, are used for enhanced function A playing approach, instead of an overly structured training program, is used for sustainable and enjoyable training Rather than only the physical body, the body-mind is trained together to overcome barriers and develop the whole person Here is a small excerpt from the Surf Better Longer Video series:...

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