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Way back in the day, most pro surfers didn’t train. They surfed, sure, but they didn’t train like athletes. It’s only been a relatively recent development, and it’s due largely in part to surfers like Mick Fanning and Taylor Knox. Now, of course, pretty much every surfer — on tour, at least — has some kind of training regimen. Leonardo Fioravanti is no different. He’s got a home gym. He uses it religiously.

“The gym is a huge part of my life,” he said from his gym in Hawaii. “A lot of my workouts consist of strength. When I’m surfing, my heart rate goes up so much that that’s where I get my cardio in. Here, I really work on strength and movement.” Both of those, of course, are equally important as cardio in surfing. To be a world-class surfer, you need to be strong, flexible, and you need to be strong and flexible for long periods of time. And all of his hard work is paying off in spades for Leo.


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