There are a lot of SUP exercises out there to choose from. And stand up paddleboarding even without dedicated fitness routines provides a great workout itself. It’s especially fine-tuned to work your core and can help to improve your overall balance and coordination. Plus, not only does it strengthen your body, it’s a fun activity to do when you get the chance to hit the water.
Pumping up her SUP and getting ready to head out into the surf.
Top SUP Exercises and How to do Them
High plank is an old-school exercise that works out your upper body, abdominal muscles, and your upper arms. These are some of the core muscle groups used when paddleboarding.
1.) Start in the standard push-up position. Lay face down on your stomach (preferably on a yoga mat).
2.) Place your hands palms down on the mat, they should be shoulder-width apart. Your toes should drive into the ground. Make sure your spine is straight.
3.) Push your body up like you’re doing an ordinary push-up only you’re not going to bring your body back down.
4.) Instead of going back down, hold the top position for 20 to 30 seconds, depending on your upper arm and core strength. Remember to keep your core strong and engaged throughout the exercise.
1.) To do a side plank, start by laying on your side with your feet together.
2.) Use your elbow to lift your hips off the ground. Now everything but your elbow and feet should be raised above the mat.
3.) Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds, depending on your strength. Then switch elbows and repeat on your other side.
Like the standard plank, the more you practice this exercise, the longer you’ll be able to hold yourself up. Start by counting as long as you can manage and work your way up adding time as you progress workout to workout.
Work on your fitness to improve your overall SUP experience.
There are numerous benefits to the jumping lunge SUP exercise. It builds your lower body but also improves your stability, which is of course great for stand up paddleboarding. This exercise will help you stand comfortably for longer without struggling.
1.) Drop your body into the standard staggered lunge position. Step forward with one foot while bending your knees so your front leg almost reaches a 90 degree angle. You should look like you’re about to kneel without placing your back knee on the ground.
2.) As you move into the lunge position, keep your core engaged.
3.) Once you bring your body down into this position, you’re going to pop right back up by jumping into the air.
4.) As you come back down, switch legs so your opposite knee comes close to the ground and the other one is at a 90 degree angle.
5.) Repeat, jumping up, and switching knees again. Start with 5 reps (1 rep = each knee once).
Make sure to focus on your form by keeping your core engaged and performing each lunge smoothly. Concentrate on exploding up and out of each lunge to increase the benefits gained from this SUP exercise.
Put in the effort with a couple exercises and increase your performance.
Paddle squats are a variation of the common squat. Although quite simple, it’s the perfect SUP exercise. It boosts the strength of your legs and can help improve your core. Once you’ve mastered this squat, you’ll be able to hold a crouch or pop up quickly and confidently on your SUP.
*You will need a paddle for this exercise. It helps master the exact moves you make on the water.
1.) Start by standing with your legs just a bit wider than shoulder-width apart. Now, hold your paddle out in front of you horizontally, parallel to the ground.
2.) Slowly bring your body down into a squat by bending your knees, all the while keeping your back straight. You don’t want to drop your body too fast. Lower yourself with control and focus.
3.) As you go down, raise your arms (with paddle in hand) from outstretched in front of you to over your head like a victory pose. Hold briefly with your knees bent.
4.) Then slowly raise yourself back up, straightening your knees and bringing your paddle down from overhead, back to a horizontal position in front of you.
Repeat this exercise for at least 5 reps. As you get more advanced, increase the amount of reps you do. Unlike the jumping lunge this one isn’t about speed or explosive power. Use a slow controlled motion throughout to get the maximum benefit from this SUP exercise.
You can improve your stability by increasing your fitness.
Burpees are a great workout for any sports routine. But, if you’re a SUP surfer or even just a cruisy paddle boarder, you’ll get major benefits from this SUP exercise. It’s a full body workout that can help improve your cardio.
1.) Start in a standing position. Then, while keeping your back straight, bend your knees until you can place your hands flat on the floor.
2.) Once your hands are flat on the ground, kick your legs back so you land in a push-up position with your stomach on the floor.
3.) Then push yourself back up and return to a squatting position.
4.) Once in the squatting position, explode upwards by jumping to your feet with both hands above your head. Land on the balls of your feet in a standing position.
Like the other SUP exercises start low and work your way up. 5 reps should be a good start. In the early stages it’s best to focus on your form. That way as you continue you’ll reap all the rewards and benefits from your efforts.
Feel the benefits of your SUP exercises when you go out for a paddle.