As a personal trainer I’m always looking for new fitness equipment to challenge not only my clients, but myself. Each year I attend the IDEA World Fitness Convention where companies show off their latest and greatest innovations. One that caught my eye last year was by Hedstrom Fitness, the creators of the Bosu. When I saw The Surge® I knew I had to try it, and I absolutely loved it. This item of resistance training equipment was not only functional and effective, but it was FUN! I don’t know about you but FUN is my #1 requirement in a workout.
Disclosure: I am a Hedstrom Fitness Ambassador. I received their products for free in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are my own because I keep it real like that.
What’s a Surge®?
In a nutshell, The Surge® is basically a plastic tube that you can fill with water. The water then provides resistance training effect during your workout. The genius part is that the weight is adjustable depending on how much water you add. Plus the tube has multiple handle options so it’s able to perform a variety of exercises including strength, balance and power. It comes in two sizes (42″ and 30″), and multiple color options. Plus there now a newer version with soft handles, and end cap grips.
As a personal trainer that trains clients in their homes, I love that it’s fully adjustable on the fly. Too challenging? Remove some water. Too light? Add more water. Easy peasy. Previously I’d have a trunk full of resistance training stuff like dumbbells, kettlebells, plates etc… now I can do almost every exercise just using the Surge® . It’s a game changer for personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts alike.
How does it work?
When I say it revolutionizes fitness equipment I’m not being overdramatic. I applauded adjustable dumbbells when they released because it meant less equipment cluttering my house, but the Surge® is so much more versatile! It’s a barbell, dumbbell, bodybar, medicine ball, ViPR and more. Plus and the fact that we’re using water makes it way more interesting physiologically speaking.
If you’ve ever held a water bottle while you walk you know that it kinda has a mind of it’s own. As you move, the water inside displaces. That’s basically the principle theory behind the Surge® . However having the potential for the water displacement means it can be used multiple ways. The Surge water actions are either unintentional or intentional.
Unintentional Water Actions
Unintentional Actions are done with the surge® moving with the body using mindfulness to ensure the water inside is static. This often requires more control and slow continuous effort. This method is great for focusing on technique, which is essential when learning new resistance training movement patterns.
- Static. Imagine a Calm ocean. Challenge yourself by moving the body, and keeping the Surge® static. If you feel water displacement inside the Surge® , then slow the movement down to regain control. When I coach this I liken it to moving with a full glass of water. While YOU move, hold the glass still and try not to spill a drop!
- Moving but quiet. This to me feels like bobbing on the waves when you’re out on the ocean. You know the water is moving slightly but you don’t hear anything. The Surge® moves, but there is no sound from the water inside.
Intentional Water Actions
Intentional Actions are when the Surge® is moving and allowing the water to displace, causing movement and often audible noises inside the Surge. This produces a challenging stimulus, as your body responds to stabilize you. Not gonna lie these are definitely challenging, but hella fun!
- Crashing. In this movement pattern we’re simulating waves crashing on the shore. There is movement, and sound. The movement involved in crashing is a push or pull followed by a pause, allowing the water to ‘crash’ inside the Surge® , then resettle a little on the pause. The pause is key because the water will try and move you, this is where you get a great core and stabilization workout!
- Constant Crashing. In crashing we paused after each movement, with constant crashing there is no pause. Think of this like a boxer repetively jabbing their opponent, then resetting to avoid the comeback. If you’ve ever caught a double wave while swimming out to the ocean this is similar.
- Dumping. If you’ve seen toddlers play with water, they dump water all the time. Just take one container and dump it into another (for some reason this is highly enjoyable for 4 year olds). With Surge® dumping you shift water from one end of the Surge® to the other. Want to make this super challenging? Try it standing on one leg!
- Oscillating. Any weight can find a flow and this is where oscillation comes in, we’re working in a fluid motion with the Surge® and allowing the water inside to flow and move naturally. Think of the ocean current, it moves below the surface in circles.
Why I love resistance training with The Surge
Besides the fact that I need less equipment to train my clients, I love that I can essentially take the same workout and make it totally different simply by changing the dynamics of the movement from unintentional to intentional. I liken the change similar to that of a pushup compared to a clapping push up. It raises the intensity a heck of a lot! If you have a home gym I totally recommend getting one these to use. So many reasons to include this on your wishlist for home workouts:
- Adds variety
- Multiple uses
- Adjustable resistance
- Easy to regress/progress exercises
- What do you think about this innovative new way of resistance training?
- What equipment do you use to workout?
- Do you have any fitness goals?
I’ve never seen anything like this before but I can certainly see how it could be beneficial. This would be great in our home because my husband and I could fill it up to different levels.
Oh this looks amazing! This is the first I am learning about it and it looks like such a versatile piece of equipment to have at home!
My friend is always getting on me to add resistance training to my routine! I need to try it out!
This would be interesting to try. I love fitness and working out, so I would be willing to try something new!
This sounds like such a good piece of equipment and it seems very multipurposeful. It’s helpful how easy it is to adjust.
This is such an amazing idea!! I can definitely see the benefits of this for a workout…
A perfect idea for anyone home workouts. I’m looking for this one, I always get 30 minutes for home gym training after every afternoon. I will save to my submission.
What a great device! I’m always looking for new things to work out with and will have to check this out!
Wow I’ve never heard about it, but it looks like such a good idea. Way better than carrying around dumbbells. Thanks for sharing!
What a wonderful idea. Using natural elements as part of a workout makes perfect sense to me.
I’ve never heard of Surge. I imagine this would make for an awesome resistance workout day, which reminds me today needs to be an arm day. Your arms look great. 🙂
The Surge looks amazing for home workouts. I can see how it would be perfect for you as a personal trainer going into people’s homes. I’ve been using Classpass lately so I’ve been going into studies. But I was doing a lot of running and home workouts last year and this would have been so useful.
I really like this idea! It’s much better than using dumbbells because it’s easy to bring with you when you workout! It’s also easy to keep when you’re done!
What a fascinating tool! I would totally give this a try. If it means less weights, barbells and stuff in my house I would definitely be down.
I’m always up for trying out new workout gadgets. This one sounds so interesting and fun. I can see how you could challenge yourself but with more control.
I’ve heard of something similar called a slosh pipe, that’s homemade. This sounds somewhat similar. I like that it provides resistance training, and balance
I love this! How is it for travel? Could I get the water fully out to pack a flat piece of plastic in the suitcase? Or is it a hard plastic tube?
it won’t pack flat for travel no, it’s a hard plastic tube.
It looks like a great way to get resistance training in a very dynamic way. My husband only runs and I do eliptical training so I think this would be a great complement to our workout.
I have been working on getting back into regular workouts and I have been looking for things that are a little out of the box like this. I totally want to check out a Surge.
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I had never heard of fluid resistance training until I read this post. The Surge actually looks pretty neat and looks like something I would actually use! I’ll have to look into this
The concept is all so new to me but I do love the idea! I think it’s awesome that the weight is adjustable, it makes storage a breeze because you don’t have many dumbbells laying around.