SUP For Exercising!

 

Stand-up paddle boarding isn’t just a niche reserved for small pockets of beach towns; it’s a popular sport that sweeps across the globe. SUP equipment and techniques constantly evolve, and the latest craze is performing a fitness routine while out on the water. So, it is no wonder that you’ll be burning up to 500 calories while trying to balance your squat on water.

Here’s a fitness routine for those willing to challenge themselves:

Start with a sit-up:  Begin on the inflatable paddle board by lying on your back. Keep your legs straight while you hover your paddle above your thighs. Use your abs to crunch your body into a sitting position. Rotate your torso as you use your paddle to push through the water. Continue this entire movement for three sets of 10, rotating sides.

Areas that benefit from this workout: Oblique’s, Abs, Back.

Bring the Booty: Now on your iRocker shoulder plant your feet on your width apart, and begin to lower yourself into a deep squat. When your thighs are parallel with the SUP, and your elbows rest on your knees, hold your paddle out in front of your body. Stay in this position while you use your tippy-toes to rise. Raise and lower your body for three sets of 10.

Areas that benefit from this workout: Abs, Butt, Shoulders, Leg.

Move on to Side push-ups: Carefully on your Inflatable paddle board, lie on your side with your legs parallel in a bent position. Plant your left palm on your iRocker, in front of your chest. Cross your right arm to hold your left shoulder. Push your left hand onto the paddle board and lift your torso as much as you can. Lower back to the starting position, and repeat the lifting process for three sets of 10.

Areas that benefit from this workout: Abs, Chest, Oblique, Arms.

All in for Arms: Hop off your paddle board to cool down from your sweaty workout! Now, back to business. Float on one side of your board and plant your hands together in the center of the iSUP. Push down on the board, lifting your body out of the water until your arms are fully straight. Slowly lower yourself back into the water, and repeat the simple life for three sets of 10.

Areas that benefit from this workout: Arms, Chest, Shoulders.

Time to Twist: Sit with your back straight in the center of your stand-up paddleboard and your legs stretched in front of you. Hold the paddle parallel to your outstretched legs, and then lean to the right side as far as you can without tipping the board. Immediately repeat this motion, rotating sides. Complete this exercise for three sets of 10.

Areas that benefit from this workout: Abs, obliques.

Planks for strength: Sit with your back straight in the center of your stand-up paddleboard and your legs stretched in front of you. Hold the paddle parallel to your outstretched legs, and then lean to the right side as far as you can without tipping the board. Immediately repeat this motion, rotating sides. Complete this exercise for three sets of 10.

Areas that benefit from this workout: Abs, obliques.

The work out will be tough but will help you maintain your fitness levels even if you are unable to avail the services of your gym.

 

Written by William Lester