Taylor and Paul

Taylor Knox

Taylor Knox was born on May 15, 1971 in Thousand Oaks, CA and began surfing at the age of 8. His family moved to Carlsbad, CA when Taylor was 13, where he still surfs today and currently makes his home. Taylor knew at an early age he would need to train outside the water as much as inside it in order to get his body into pro-athlete condition. At the age of 15, his dreams of becoming a pro surfer were almost derailed when he found out that he needed major back surgery to correct a damaged vertebra sustained from a skateboard accident. “I had three fused vertebra, a couple steel rods, and some screws. It was like an erector set in there”. After spending 6 months in a cocoon-like cast and being told by his doctors he may never surf again, Taylor began the road to recovery through his hard work, determinism, and never ending desire to improve. After 20 years on the ASP World Tour as a professional surfer, SURFfit is a testament to Taylor’s working hard AND working smart.

Paul Hiniker B.S., CPT, CSCS

Paul was born in Carlsbad, CA and gravitated to sports at an early age, winning his first skateboard competition in 1976. Paul’s love of action sports continued to grow to include surfing and snowboarding; when in 1986, he decided to pursue a career in the sports he loves as a certified personal trainer. Paul’s areas of expertise include sports-specific strength and conditioning, postural deviation, and balancing the muscular skeletal system.

His roster of clients is truly impressive and includes pro athletes and Olympians from various sports such as Taylor Knox, Danny Way, Gretchen Bleiler, Elena Hight, Ricky Whitlock, Seamus O’Connor, Matt Ladley, Mads Jonsson, Eric Jackson, JJ Thomas, and many others.

Paul’s commitment to being on the cutting edge of the exercise sciences is exemplified by his membership in the American Council on Exercise (ACE), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). In addition, Paul created the national certification for SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard).

Paul’s exercise philosophy has been featured in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Shape, Transworld Surf, Paddleboard Magazine, Snowboarder Magazine, Transworld Snow, and Oxygen.

So you do the same workouts you show in the videos?

This is a passion for me, so yeah, I’m not just a paid spokesman. [Laughs.] People always ask me how I train, so finally I just decided to show everyone. I know what it’s like to have terrible back pain; I’ve had nine pieces of metal in my back for 26 years, and when I was younger I had a doctor tell me I’d never surf again. I want to share what I’ve learned through all these years of experience. Not everybody can have a guy like Paul [Hiniker] around to train with them, so through these videos, Paul and I can hopefully help people out there get better at what they do, stay injury free, or come back from previous injuries.

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