Thompson Performance opened it’s doors a couple of weeks ago. Cody Thompson, a Jacksonville native, pro surfer and lifelong Sunrise team rider started the company with the intent to train athletes so that they can perform to their optimal ability. Cody’s successful surf career has always revolved around eating healthy and staying in shape… so long story short; Thompson Performance is the result of his lifelong dedication to a healthy lifestyle combined with his extreme surfing talent.

Cody was certified by NASM and has already trained several young talents, adults and beach-goers from around town. Come on in and train with the Thompson tribe – this place is amazing! Tell them Sunrise sent you!

***See below for a recent Q & A by Billabong. Via (Billabong Blog)

What muscles do surfers need to concentrate on most?

Surfers need a good balance of strength, power, endurance and flexibility. The most important muscles for a surfer to have are strong and explosive legs as well as a strong core that can support a surfer in all planes of motion. Healthy shoulders are very important, too.

What are some exercises that all surfers should be doing to stay at the top of their game? How frequently should they do them?

A variety of squats, lunges and hip extensions for strength and jumps, hops and sled pushing for power. Pulling and pushing exercises are good for paddling and pop-up strength. Every workout should contain core exercises and rotational exercises. Allow 24-48 hours of rest between intense workouts and decrease training volume (sets and reps) leading up to an event or pumping swell.

Can you give us a full workout program that would work for surfers of all levels?

Every work out should start with a dynamic warmup using movements consistent with the training that proceeds.

Low body and core workout —

Exercise 1: Box jumps and lateral hops in the frontal plane – 8 reps, 3 sets

Exercise 2: Dumbbell split squats – 10 reps, 3 sets

Exercise 3: Standing resistance band mini-twist – 12 reps, 3 sets

Exercise 4: Single leg straight leg deadlift with dumbbells – 10 reps, 3 sets

Exercise 5: Frontal plane lunges with dumbbells – 8 reps, 3 sets

Finish with row machine or spin bike for conditioning

What’s the best recovery meal after a workout?

Chicken, quinoa, avocado bowl. Anything with a healthy dose of protein, carbs, and fats. A scoop of whey protein and a banana with peanut butter works if you’re in a pinch

Any other training tips?

Train smart and train with intensity. Leave your ego and your iPhone at the door. Stay away from the machines that guide you through a fixed plane of motion.



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Phone: (904)716-2925

1225 Mayport Rd.

Atlantic Beach, Florida, FL 32233


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