Kai Lenny: Man of The Seas

“I work out at the gym three times a week on Maui, where I live, but what I’ve learned at The Workplace is to better my technique, and that’s really benefitted me. I noticed because of the last three sessions I had, I feel way stronger than when I came here, and it kind of makes me bummed that this gym isn’t on Maui!”

-Kai Lenny


Kai Lenny is a true waterman. He’s taken up an array of ocean board sports, and practically lives in the water. Kai stopped by Santa Barbara and trained with fellow stand up paddle boarder, Tucker Ingalls, at The Workplace. Lenny was featured as #2 on SUP Racer’s Top 12 of 2012, and has an extensive list of first prizes; some include the Stand Up World Series, George Paddle Challenge Elite Race, and Molokai-2-Oahu Men’s stock 18-29.We had the opportunity to sit down with Kai and talk about his true love; the ocean.


Q: What do you like to do?

A: I like to surf, windsurf, kitesurf, stand up paddle. Anything ocean, anything active.


Q: The true question right here.

A: Okay.


Q: If you could be any animal, what would it be?

A: A frickin’ cheetah. (Laughs)


Q: Nice. Why a cheetah?

A: Cause they run bloody fast.


Q: Bloody fast. Are you into any other sports than the four you mentioned before?

A: I’m into the four I mentioned before. I just got into skating a lot more in my half-pipe, that’s really fun.


Q: Do you have any sponsors for the sports that you do?

A: Yeah, the sponsors I have are Redbull, Naish International, Oxbow Clothing; I think that’s it.


Q: Can you connect these three words: training, strength, and confidence.

A: I think all those three things they cycle together. I mean, I think I need to get a little more strength in my legs, and once I kind of do that I think my cycle will be a little bit more complete.


Q: Is there a certain time where you feel like you excelled in you sports?

A: Specific times that I’ve excelled in my sport I think is when I’m really scared. Like if I’m in really big waves, that’s really when I feel like I turn, like a switch goes off and I’m able to achieve things that I wouldn’t normally be able to achieve in other conditions. Sometimes when you get pushed up against the wall, it seems once I break past that wall I feel like I can go on forever.


Q: What’s a day in the life like when you come visit Santa Barbara?

A: A day in the life for me coming to Santa Barbara, is waking up early, going surfing, having some breakfast, going standup paddling, having lunch, and doing another surf session. On this trip, being able to come here to the gym, work out with Perry has been the ultimate ender to the day, and it gets harder to wake up every morning. (Laughs)



Q: So you have the four sports that you do; one board, one spot. Where would it be?

A: Right now I’ve been really enjoying big waves, so I’d say if I could have a 10’3, 10’4 for paddling gun, I would say Jaws for sure, where you can just go out there and pick off some huge waves paddling. It only takes one wave to feel the ultimate rush out there.


Q: Awesome, that’s it.

A: I have a question for you though. When’s your gym opening up in Maui?



Home Grown Running

If you are concerned about health and fitness, you may have considered starting a running regimen at some point. Running is a great way to achieve and maintain a high fitness level and lose weight if that is your goal. Even people who have busy schedules can go on a quick run during lunch in order to improve their fitness at work. Before you begin any serious running regimen, it is important to learn the proper running techniques that will help you get the most out of your exercise.

When you are first starting out, it is best to find a gym or training center that is family-oriented. Your trainer should not only be experienced and knowledgeable about running; they should also be willing to spend adequate time teaching you about proper gait, foot mechanics and other important aspects of running for fitness.

Even if you are just starting a running regimen for fun instead of trying to increase your fitness at work, you will need to learn and practice good form. To help lower the risk of injury, you should always keep your head in line with your shoulders, your shoulders in line with your hips and your hips in line with the middle of your landing foot. Your arms should always be swinging right in front of your body.

Using the proper form will not only decrease your risk of injury, but will also allow you to expend less energy while you run. If you experience pain in your shoulders, back or arms, then that is a sign that you are not using the correct running form. Work with your trainer until using the right form becomes second nature to you.

For those who are trying to increase their fitness at work, not only is learning the proper running form and technique important, you must also find a professional who will teach you how to eat properly in addition to helping you with your fitness goals. Being fit works best when you are also doing your best to follow a healthy lifestyle.

A home grown running regimen is a great idea for people of any fitness level. Get started as soon as possible by finding the right trainer. Soon, you will be a healthy and fit runner. Over time, your level of endurance will increase and you will be able to run longer and faster than you ever have.



Water: 5 Reasons To Drink It Daily

Water might not always be the most appealing option when it comes to drinks, but your body craves it. Here are some reasons to throw away the soda, and turn to the “clear solution”.


1. It Makes You A More Effective Worker


Do you need that extra kick at work? While coffee may keep you awake, water is really what makes you productive. Just like your body, your brain is mostly water. (As a matter of fact, about 80% of your brain is water.) So it would be no surprise that water would help you work better! Take a drink to refresh your brain, it will make you more present and alert.


2. It Cures Headaches


Do you always seem to have a headache some point in your day? An easy solution could be water.  A typical reason for headaches is dehydration. So grab a glass and relieve that pain!


3. It Will Keep You Healthy or Make You Healthy


One of the easiest preventive steps towards keeping that cold away is drinking water. By drinking water, your body can transport nutrients to areas where they are needed, as well as keep you from becoming dehydrated, which leaves your body more susceptible to illness. Along with preventing sickness, water can make you significantly better. By hydrating your body it is able to function at a better quality, and will be able to help fight that bug faster than before.


4. It Will Help You Lose Weight


Think about how many times you feel hungry in your day. Probably more than you can count. It turns out a lot of that time you’re actually thirsty, our bodies just have a hard job distinguishing the differences between the two! By drinking water 20-30 minutes before meals, you will be less “hungry” when eating comes around. Along with this, even the most minor amounts of dehydration will lower your metabolism, which basically means you’ll be putting on pounds when all you have to do is just keep hydrated!


5. It Helps With Digestion


It’s not a particularly fun subject to talk about, but let’s be blunt, being “clogged up” isn’t fun. It can ruin your day with endless stomach cramps and make it hard to function. Water is the cure. Well water and fiber. But having water constantly going through your system, will keep your digestive “flow” moving. Plus, staying hydrated keeps your metabolism up, which is one of the key components to digestion.


So grab some water, and keep on drinking throughout the day. Hopefully you’ll see an improvement in your day to day life!