Gyms aren’t for everyone and neither is a private coach, but with some simple exercises you can easily build strength and stamina for a personal record (PR) busting race day. Working through these exercises (always preceded by a proper warm-up) will make your first SUP racing event a great chance at a PR, regardless of what place you finish.
SUP Racing Basic Exercises for Beginners
Stand up paddleboarding is a great sport that helps develop and maintain a person’s overall well-being. It’s a good way to work on both the body and the mind. Being outdoors and on the water regularly is hard to beat. Moreover, SUP works the entire body; shoulders, arms, back, legs, and – as beginning paddlers know well 😉 – your core. It’s also a fantastic way to relax and give yourself a break after a busy day. Who’s up for a sunset paddle? So unlike other grueling, repetitive exercise routines, SUP fitness can actually be so much fun you forget you’re working out.
However, if you’re prepping for a race, there are certain exercises that can help you excel. Developing a stronger core is crucial to improving your paddling technique and getting the most glide out of your stroke. Of course improving your shoulder and bicep strength will help you power through a long haul. But overemphasizing those small muscles in your arms won’t help your SUP race day performance as much as you might think. To get the most bang for your buck in terms of increasing speed and stamina, focus on large muscle groups and full-body movements that improve your coordination. Big movements that focus on coordination are fun to do, boost your strength, cardiovascular fitness, and help improve your SUP technique. Getting your entire body and mind moving together is what will make you faster and your time out on the water most enjoyable.