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.

How Does an Inflatable paddle Board Work ?

How Does an Inflatable paddle Board Work ?

How Does an Inflatable paddle Board Work ?

A Stand up paddle board is essentially just a board which can be used on the water for so many differents activities such as paddle boarding, paddle surfing, touring paddle board, paddle board yoga or fishing paddle board.
Traditional hard boards are made of lightweight fiberglass.or wooden paddle boards. An inflatable paddle board is very similar to a hard sup board, except that they can be deflated when not in use, making them easy to store and transport.

An inflatable sup needs a pump in order to be inflated to be as stiff as possible. Our inflatable paddle board come supplied with a air hand pump, which are more physically demanding than electric pumps but give more freedom. However, they’re the safer option as electric pump can put too much pressure on the seams, potentially leading to ruptures.

As well as being stiff from being inflated to the correct thickness, inflatable stand up paddle board have another feature to make them stable. Rails are inserted down the sides of the boards to prevent flex and buckling, particularly with heavy riders.

While a hard paddleboard is carefully shaped to catch the waves as easily as possible, the inflatable nature of a stand up paddle board means that the thickness is the same the whole way down the board.
However, inflatable sup is shorter than hard paddle board, and they usually have wide noses and narrow backs, which makes up for their uniform thickness. This is just one way that an inflatable sup manage to catch and ride waves in such a similar way to surf boards.

 

The Different Types of Paddle Boards

The Different Types of Paddle Boards

The Different Types of Paddle Boards

Choosing your first paddle board can be a difficult and frustrating process. That’s why we are going to give you the most honest and unbiased information on how to buy your paddle board.  

 

How To Choose a Paddle Board

The MOST important question to ask before buying a paddleboard is – what type of water will you be using your Stand up paddle board in most ?
Said another way, what will be your home water field ?
For instance, if you live in New York State and plan on paddle boarding in Lake Georges mostly on the calm water but also want to do some paddle boarding Miami then you should choose a sup board that will perform best on your mostly flat inland home water.
One of the beauties of paddle boarding is that you don’t need waves or surf to learn, but you can always progress into the more difficult disciplines of the sport once you learn the basics.

Based on your answer to the question above you can efficiently narrow down the paddle board universe by type of board (shape), board size, and materials that best suit the waters you will be paddle boarding most.

 

What Style Paddle Board Should I Buy ?

Choosing the proper paddle board style primarily depends on your “home water” and what SUP discipline you plan to use most. If you are new to paddle boarding, or have some SUP experience and are looking for the most versatile paddle board that can truly go anywhere, you will likely want to focus on All Around Stand Up Paddle Boards, Touring SUPs, or Cruising PaddleBoards.
Although 3 different names are used to describe these paddle boards, one of the biggest differences between these sup boards is typically the shape of the front of the board (curve versus pointed front). All 3 of these SUP paddle board options are versatile but performance differences are created by different sizes, shapes, and designs.

All around Paddle Board

An all around Paddle Board is generally viewed as the most versatile of all SUP board. All around sups are typically around 9 to 11 feet long and 30 to 34” wide with round noses and a tri-fin setup. All around stand up paddle board are generally viewed as most practical for flat water touring and adventure needs but can also be used in small waves.

Hard Paddle Board versus Inflatable Paddle Board

Hard paddle board are typically made in fiberglass or carbon components are typically best suited for paddle boarders that will mostly be paddle surfing, paddle board racing, or long distance paddle adventure tours.
Inflatable paddle board can also be used for paddle surfing or racing, but they are typically thicker which means youride higher on the water. It also means that with an inflatable sup speed and surf will a little bit more difficult than with a hard paddle board. 

Touring and Cruising Paddle Board

Generally Touring Stand up paddle board are a little longer than All Around paddleboard. And Touring Paddle Board are typically constructed with a pointed nose which creates a displacement hull that cuts through water. 

Round Nose vs Pointed Nose Paddle Board

One very common question from new paddle boarders is what is the difference between round nose and pointed nose Stand up paddleboard ?
Round nose paddle board are the most popular shape on the market and round sup paddle board shapes are great for flat water touring and all around paddle board excursions.
Round nose paddleboard are also what you will typically see used in sup surfing boards. Touring, Cruising, and Hybrid paddle boards typically have pointed noses and one of the main advantages of a pointed nose is the front nose shape is similar to a boat and creates a displacement hull and is intended to “cut through” the water versus a round nose board that will “plow through” (all relative off course).

 

9 Stand UP Paddle Board Disciplines :
– Cruising, Exploring, Touring stand up paddle board
– Inflatable paddle board
– paddle board Yoga and Fitness
– paddle surfing
– Fishing paddle board
– sup Racing
– Whitewater and Fast Rivers sup boarding
– Down winding sup board
– Wake sup Surfing boards

What Size Paddle Board Do I need ?

What Size Paddle Board Do I need ?

What Size Paddle Board Do I need ?

Paddle Board dimensions are a very important factor in determining the “feel” of your SUP.
For simplicity purposes, the larger a paddle board’s volume is, the easier it will be for a beginner to balance on the sup.
However, larger inflatable paddle board can also become slightly more difficult to navigate, so new paddle boarders should focus on finding the right size SUP or the most versatile SUP to best suit the needs of multiple people.

Paddle Board Length

All Around paddle boards typically have lengths from 9 to 11 feet and Touring Cruising Paddle Board are typically a little longer with lengths ranging from 10 to 12 feet.
Typically long and thin stand up paddle board are used to increase speed and touring and cruising boards are designed with speed on flat waters in mind.
The All Around paddleboard designed is the most versatile SUP design and is designed to have quality speed performance but also versatility for small waves or chop.

 

Paddle Board Width

All Around, Touring, and Cruising sup paddle board typically come with widths anywhere from 28’’ to 34’’. Most paddle boarders will have little trouble navigating a board with a width in this range, but as you become more familiar with sups paddle boards you may find that widths above 34’’ can start to “spin” in open waters and become more difficult to control.

 

Paddle Board Thickness and Volume

The thicker the inflatable sup the higher above the water you will be and the more “feel” you will encounter.
Since hard paddle board typically ride lower in the water than inflatable paddle board which need the thickness to provide durability.

 

 

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