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One great thing about fitness is there's always something new to try. What's the newest and latest? It's working out with a surfboard.

"It was something entirely different," Surfset participant Ryan Swingruber said. "It's not the same constant boring workout where it's hard to push yourself."

Energy and inspiration is what you'll get in this class from Diane Seguin of NOA Fitness and Pilates Studio. She's amped her yoga and Pilates class by adding what's called the Surfset.

"I realized it was something different, and in a matter of 50 minutes I was seeing results that were far greater than what I was doing on my own," Swingruber said.

And his greater results are because he is working out on a surfboard. Seguin said that moving on a surfboard makes you more agile and helps you with flexibility.

"It's a lot of balance, core, a lot of strength," Surfset participant Isabelle Drouin said. "What's fun too is you do a lot of yoga poses on the surfboard, so it's kind of exciting in that manner."

The boards, the instability and the sweat are all included – and you don't have to be a surfer.

"I have never surfed before, so it was really exciting because I'd like to try eventually," Drouin said. "It is a great opportunity to know what it feels like to be on a surfboard."

And if you don't think working out a surfboard is for you because you don't live near an ocean, no problem – there are other options.

"You can do this in rivers, in lakes, in pools. There's wake boarding, there's paddle boarding," Seguin said.

It can also improve your skill for other activities – skating, skiing, snow boarding and anything else that requires balance.

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