With the spring thaw underway and the sun being inviting for outdoor activities, summer is getting closer every day. This also means getting in shape for the stand up paddle boarding season. It is important to do some off season training to get the most out of your 2013 paddle board season. Here are five exercises that anyone can incorporate into their regular workout that will be paddle board specific and will help you and your body get into paddle boarding shape.
- Russian Twists. Paddle boarding uses your core muscles every second, so having a strong and stable core will help you and your paddle boarding stroke. Start by being in the crunch position with your torso in a 45 degree angle. You can either use a medicine ball or weighted bar to twist side to side.
- Squat. Legs are an important part of paddle boarding, especially for balancing. Standing hip width a part and having a straight back will help get the most out of your exercise. Try holding the squat position for 30 seconds or more to get a great burn.
- Push Ups. Simple but great to get you into shape. Pushups are great for the chest and shoulders and will definitely get you into paddle boarding shape. This exercise also allows you to get those chest, shoulder and arms muscles toned and ready to paddle.
- Lunges with a twist. This exercise engages and shapes your legs and gets the core involved and especially helps when you’re doing sharp turns on your board. Start by lunging out to a comfortable range, hold it and then twist from one side to the next and then come back upright and switch to the other leg.
- Cardio. To have a better and longer paddle board experience; be sure to incorporate 20 minutes or more of cardio work. Either running or stationary rowing will get you into great shape, work target muscles and give you great endurance base.
These five exercises will give you a great start to your off season paddle boarding training and are great exercises to incorporate into your routine. If you do these exercises 2 to 3 times a week, you will see a difference in your paddling experience. To find out more about stand up paddle boarding and paddle boarding fitness in Colorado check out: