Exercises to prep you for Stand up paddle board workout

s with any kind of physical exercise, start with stretches. Anything to lengthen your muscles, open up your chest and get your blood flowing is a good thing. If you’re stuck for ideas, look to sup yoga for inspiration. Some simple poses and sun salutations will prepare your body for a day on the water on a paddle board.

Before you start paddle boarding, you need to prepare your whole body. Don’t just stretch your legs and forget about your upper body: try pushups, squats and twists to work all your muscles and even joints like your shoulders.

Aim for a medium intensity prep workout which lasts around five minutes. This will get your heart pumping without burning out before you even begin doing your sup activity.

The benefits of preparing a few days ahead of your first paddleboard SUP attempt

Getting your body used to some of the movements and strains that it might encounter while paddle board will help to reduce the shock once you’re actually out on the water.

By stretching or exercising for a few days before you start paddle boarding on your sup, you’ll increase your bloodflow to your muscles. Provided that you don’t overdo it, this will encourage your muscles to loosen up, making them comfortable, flexible and receptive to training.

In addition, the connection between your brain and your muscles recovers very easily. If you don’t prepare physically in the days before you try Stand UP paddle board, these receptors won’t fire as quickly as they could. However, by getting in some quick and simple exercise before your first paddle board SUP attempt, you’ll warm up these connections, resulting in an efficient, co-ordinated workout.

It’s best to aim for a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise to prepare both your muscles and your cardiovascular system. These exercises should be equal and balanced, preparing your body in its entirety.
In addition to choosing exercises to prepare your heart and muscles, you can start to strengthen your balance by standing on one leg, squatting and flexing those ankles. The exercise in the video below is for advanced paddle boarders but gives a great example of a targeted board SUP prep workout.

For your first inflatable SUP attempt, training for a day or two beforehand should be sufficient.
However, if you’re training for a paddle board racing competition, you should start implementing a training program a few months in advance.

How To Store An Inflatable paddle board For Winter

Whether hot or cold, wet or dry, the weather always affects stand up paddle boards. The elements can cause perishing, weakening and other damage, so regardless of your area or the time of year, inflatable sup should be kept carefully.

Storage for inflatable stand up paddle boards should be the same during winter as it is in summer: keep them cool, dry and out of the elements.

It is possible to store stand up paddle boards fully inflated, but if you can’t see yourself using it much during winter months then it’s best to deflate it while not in use. If you’d rather not deflate it completely for whatever reason, partially deflate it to below 15 PSI – just remember to top it up again the next time you want to get out on the water.

Top 20 questions about inflatable paddle boards

Top 20 questions about inflatable paddle boards

Top 20 questions about inflatable paddle boards


I hear air leaking from the valve of my inflatable paddle board. Is my inflatable sup board defective ?

Usually an inflatable paddle board need the air valve to be tightened before the first usage. If you inflate your inflatable stand up paddle board and hear a sound of air coming out, take the wrench that is included in the repair kit to tighten the valve as you would tighten a screw. It should only take few seconds to fix your inflatable sup.


How long does it take to inflate an inflatable sup paddle board with a manual pump ?

It takes under 5 minutes with a manual hand pump to inflate an inflatable paddle board. And while a manual pump requires a physical effort (your warm up session !) it offers more freedom than an electric pump to carry your inflatable sup wherever you want.


How much does an inflatable stand up paddle board weigh ? 

Once you deflate your inflatable sup and put it in its backpack with its paddles and the pump, the weight should be around 30 lbs.


What is included with your Inflatable Paddle Boards ? 

We sell only complete package with our inflatable stand up paddle board which include everything you need to start to paddle boarding as soon as you receive your delivery. Our offers include usually (verify for each listing) the following paddle board accessories : paddle, air pump, backpack and a repair kit.


Is there a maximum weight on an inflatable paddle board ?

Usually an inflatable stand up paddle board can carry a weight of between 300 and 400 lbs. 


What is the age limit to paddle boarding ? 

You can start to paddle board as soon as you can swim or stand up without fear! An if your children are too young to paddle boarding alone they can always ride with the parents given the proper precaution of giving them a life jacket vest. And you can keep paddle boarding as long as you can walk or stand up by yourself without problem. It can 80 years old or 100 !! That’s why paddle board is the prefered activity of families because everybody can go on an inflatable paddle board (read Why is paddle boarding so popular ?).


How many people can stand up on an inflatable supboard ? 

You can have as many people as you want on your inflatable paddle board up to 300-400lbs ! And usually you will no trouble paddle boarding with your kid on the same sup. And kids like to be in the front of the paddleboard !


Do I need paddle board lessons before using my inflatable sup ? 

The beauty of paddle boarding is that you don’t need any lessons. Riding a sup is that easy! You can always take paddle board lessons because you will certainly learn some tips from your coach but it is not a prerequisite! 


How do I inflate my inflatable paddleboard ? 

An inflatable stand up paddle board is equipped with a valve and you will need to put air in it with the air pump (either manual or electric). Inflating your sup paddle board with the manual pump should take roughly 5 minutes. After inflation, disconnect the hose of the pump from the valve and close the valve with the cap. Now your inflatable sup is ready for you to paddle boarding your favorite lake or city (paddle boarding San Diego, Austin or Miami is very nice!!).


What is the PSI that is required for my inflatable sup board ? 

You can inflate an inflatable sup board between 10 and 15 PSI usually. You will soon realize that inflating your sup paddle board under 10 PSI will lead to the board sagging in the water while you stand on it! An inflatable stand up paddle board can handle up to 25 PSI generally but it is hard to manually pump that much and there is not much difference between 15 and 25 PSI from a performance standpoint.


What type of valve is this on my inflatable sup ? 

The valve is called an H3 valve and is the most common for a watercraft such as an inflatable paddle board.

I pump my inftlatable sup but the PSI gauge is not moving, is it broken ? 

The gauge on the pump isn’t registering any PSI until the inflatable sup is inflated and solid. You will not be able to dent it in with your finger easily and register PSI. Keep pumping your paddle board and the gauge will move. Pumping should become more difficult in the end as you force air into the inflatable paddle board.


How do I attach the  fin of the paddle board ? 

To install the paddle board accessories that is a fin is very easy. You just need to put the paddle board fin the rail that is below the sup. It’s an easy movement of sliding the fin in the inflatable paddle board. 


How to deflate my inflatable paddle board ? 

Once your paddleboard is completely dry, unscrew the valve and push down on it to release the air in a quick manner. This relieves some pressure off the valves and your inflatable paddle board should be deflated within 1 minute. After that you just need to fold the board (not roll it!!). As you’re folding the board, you will notice that additional air is released. After all the air has been released, turn the valve stem of your sup counter clockwise to lock in the UP/CLOSED position and replace the valve cap. This will ensure that the next time you inflate your paddleboard the air doesn’t release out after your pump it up. Replace the strap around the board to hold it closed while placing it in the carrying bag.



What equipment do I need to paddle boarding ?

All you need to paddle board is your sup and the paddle. If you are not a good swimmer we recommend that you wear a life jacket vest. You also might want to get your sup board attached to your leg with an ankle leash . You can also carry a waterproof bag for your keys, camera and or phone.


What does SUP or ISUP means ? 

SUP means Stand up paddle board.
While ISUP means Inflatable stand up paddle board.
But both acronym are used to define a paddle board whether it’s an inflatable sup or a hard paddle board.


What are the differences between a paddle board and a surf board ?

A paddle board is typically larger and wider than a surf board. And nowadays a sup is not just a big board that you can paddle boarding on! Stand up paddle boards are becoming theirone in the sense that with sup racing the technology evolve. The new generation of inflatable paddle board have better design, better resistance specifically made for paddle boarding.


How do I patch a hole in my inflatable sup ? 

Our inflatable paddle board come all with a repair kit. You can repair small holes with the materials included in the repair kit. Please note that in order for the repair to be successful, the humidity level should be less than 60%, temperature between 65° F/77° F or 18°C/25° C. Avoid carrying out repairs of your inflatable sup in the rain or in direct sunlight. Perform all repairs in a well ventilated area and avoid inhaling glue vapors, touching or swallowing. And Keep all repair materials out of the reach of children.

Draw the shape of the patch exactly where it will be applied on your inflatable stand up paddle board, and cut a round patch at least 2” / 5 cm larger than the cut/damaged area. 2. Clean the damaged area and the corresponding side of the patch with an alcohol based grease remover and allow it to dry for 5 minutes.
Apply 3 thin layers of glue on both the patch and the damaged area, allowing for it to dry for 5 minutes between layers until the glue feels tacky.
When the third layer of glue is dry, apply the patch without pressing and adjust the positioning if required. Press the air bubbles which may have formed under the patch by smoothing the patch with a round object such as a spoon, starting in the center of the patch towards the outside, then clean the excess glue with a solvent.
Drying time: 12 hours.


What maintenance does an inflatable paddle board need ?

Our inflatable sup need little maintenance other than cleaning and ensuring it is dry before you roll it up in the back pack. But check your paddle board after each use. You can rinse the sup board with a soap in order to make sure that you remove any dirt or residues of salt if you used the board in salt water. DO NOT use detergents or any type of silicone or petroleum based cleaning products. Wipe down the inflatable stand up paddle board and make sure it is completely dry before putting it away, paying special attention to make sure the valve area is particularly dry.


How should I store the inflatable paddle board during winter time ?

When storing your inflatable paddle board, make sure it is clean and put it in a dry storage that is not affected by major variations in temperature. You may store your deflated paddle board in its backpack on a shelve or on the floor but away from insects or mouses! 


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Top 4 reasons to do stand up paddle board this Summer

Top 4 reasons to do stand up paddle board this Summer

Top 4 reasons to do stand up paddle board this Summer

Paddle board is a good exercise for your health and here is an article to read more about that (8 Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding).
But during summer when you want to have Fun and Party, paddle boarding is even better to practice to keep a balance between the Fun and your Fitness exercises.


1. A paddle board can be inflatable!

Nowadays inflatable paddle board are of such good quality that they are better than most hard sup paddleboard (read Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?). So when you go to your vacation it’s so easy to get some space for your inflatable sup and its bag.
Inflatable stand up paddle board can easily be deflated and rolled up small enough to put in your trunk or the backseat of your car and they are very light. So no space needed and no weight are 2 reasons to get your inflatable paddleboard with you. And once you arrive at the beach or by the lake you will be so pleased to be able to enjoy a good ride on your stand up paddle board.


2. A paddle board session can make you burn more calories than a gym session

When paddle boarding, the intensity of your practice is up to you. You can paddle board slowly and enjoy the view around you. Or you can paddleboard in a race manner and then it becomes very intense. Or you can alternate your rhythm of paddle boarding. You can even do some paddle board yoga.
So either you paddle boarding san diego, miami or austin the session is up to you and can turn up the intensity at will or the relaxation mode!


3. Share your paddle board

What is nice about stand up paddle board is that it can be a solo activity or a shared one (read Why is paddle boarding so popular ?). You can go paddle boarding with your children, with your friends or even your dog. And whether you paddleboard on the ocean or on a lake, being with other people is always fun.
That’s the beauty of paddle board, it is multi facet in its practice which make it the perfect activity for the summer.



4. You can sleep on your paddleboard

What’s nice about your sup board is that if you don’t want to practice you can still use it to sleep on it! Indeed imagine yourself on the ocean or in the middle of the lake and having a “nap” on your board. How relaxing and resting do you think it’s going to be ? Being surrounded by water and silence is simply “WOW” so get your inflatable paddle board right now !


Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?

Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?

Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?

Stand up paddle boarding is no longer limited to coastal regions or places you can park right by the beach. Now you can enjoy your stand up paddle board anywhere with water, whether it is an ocean, river, lake, retention pond, or above ground pool. 


Inflatable Paddle Board Offer Greater Portability

The ability to quickly deflate an inflatable paddle board into a backpack gives you nearly unlimited storage and portability options. Whether you live in an urban setting with limited storage or need to travel to an exotic location via airplane , an Inflatable Paddle Board can easily be transported. Wherever your travels may take you, your inflatable sup will draw attention as people will be shocked to watch your backpack, in the matter of minutes, inflate into a durable and rigid Stand up paddle board.


Inflatable Paddle Board Are More Durable

The NEW Generation of inflatable paddle board have been found to be more durable than a fiberglass SUP.
And that’s because stand up paddle board made of fiberglass are prone to cracking and denting. Indeed, think about how often the sup paddle board might be knocked against a concrete dock or possibly hit a rock on the bottom of the river bed, etc…
Furthermore different research show a recurring complaint about the damage that took place during the shipping process. Despite paying expensive freight shipping rates, paddle board arrive damaged and/or cracked and have to be returned. You won’t have this kind of trouble with an inflatable paddle board (at least not with our inflatable sup). Our Inflatable stand up paddle board are amazingly resilient and the PVC material used can withstand normal wear and tear without the threat of ruining the sup board. You won’t need to be nearly as cautious when loading and unloading our inflatable paddle board from the water!


Inflatable Paddle Boards Can Offer More Stability

An Inflatable paddle board is nothing like other inflatable watercraft or floats. The drop stitch design allows it to be inflated to between 10 to 12 PSI which is incredibly rigid. Inflatable stand up paddle board are also several inches thick which provides stability you will be amazed with. The final product is a very firm inflatable sup board that is also easily to navigate in the water.


Advanced Paddle Board Technology

NEW GENERATION of inflatable paddle board can uses the latest grade PVC with drop stitch technology to engineer a durable and stable inflatable stand up paddle board. The durable PVC and drop stitch construction enables the inflatable sup to be less susceptible, than fiberglass stand up paddle board, to damage from docks, rocks, sticks, river beds, concrete etc.


So the winner is Inflatable paddle board!



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