stand up paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding: Greatest Exercise Ever?

Get Fit With Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand up paddleboarding is one of the most popular sports in the world right now.

Not only are paddleboards popping up everywhere from luxury resorts to local lakes, a ton of people are using paddleboarding as a way to get an amazing full body work out.

Builds Core Muscles

Paddleboarding targets the muscle groups in the mid section of the body, the stomach and back. Since a board floats on the water, that added need for balance is really effective in building the stomach and back muscles.

As compared to traditional methods of working out like crunches, which involves training muscles in isolation, paddleboarding trains groups of muscles at once.

Total Body Workout

Stabilizing the paddleboard provides a full body work out because, as we’ve already seen, your core muscles are already at work keeping balance. While balancing, it is the abdominal and core muscles that are helping your body stay balanced on the board.

This kind of balance enhances the back, legs, arms, feet and even toes during the process of paddling, since all of those muscles are working together.

Paddleboarding is very effective for the whole body since it touches on the core muscles including the lower back, the arms and the upper thighs.

Just the act of paddling requires full movement the body including the core, arms and legs, ensuring that very few muscles are missed while on the paddleboard.

Low Impact

Unlike with jogging or a lot of other cardiovascular sports, paddleboarding doesn’t have a negative impact on your joints.

It is one of the very best low impact sports that still really gives the feeling of a total body workout. With the feet facing forward and the back straight, your hips and joints are not going to be stressed while paddling.

Stand up paddleboarding also helps in keeping the body joints in a neutral position. It does not expose you to ligament and tendon injuries because you are not making any heavy movements.

Improves Muscle Tone

Paddleboarding also enhances fat burning and muscle toning. When exercising on the board, the body muscles undergo rhythmic contraction which will enhance muscles strength and flexibility.

People who paddleboard on a regular basis tend to lose weight and can be able to maintain their body balance effectively without necessarily watching on their diet.

It’s easy to see why paddleboarding is becoming so popular as a fitness option. It allows for a low impact total body workout that improves core muscles and overall muscle tone.

What do you think, has stand up paddleboarding helped you get more fit?

Guide to Inflatable Paddleboards

Ok so you might think that there is no way an inflatable paddleboard could actually ever be a good purchase, they can’t possibly work, right?

Wrong, inflatables are actually a fantastic option for a lot of people. They have quite a few benefits that might change your mind on if these types of boards are right for you. My favorite, and most recommended inflatable board is by Tower Paddleboards, as you’ll see in the photos below.

The Benefits of Inflatable Paddleboards

Sure we all know those people who live just steps from the beach, and every morning they carry their paddleboard across the soft sand and into the water for a early morning workout.

And after we get over the seething jealousy, we know that the vast majority of us have to travel a bit with our paddleboards to get to the water. Sometimes it might only be a few miles, but for others, it could be a few hours.

tower inflatable paddleboard rolled up

Carrying inflatable paddleboards doesn’t get any easier than this!

Many people, especially those in the Midwest (where paddleboarding is really growing), have to rely on lakes and rivers for their paddleboarding experiences. So, because of that, some of these people actually might be able to benefit from having an inflatable board, and here’s why.

Ease of Transport

Inflatable boards are easy to carry. Unlike a standard paddleboard which can easily run ten feet long and over two feet wide, an inflatable SUP can easily be folded down into a roll or cube. This is perfect for people who have to travel long distances to get to the water. Simply throw your inflatable board right into a duffle bag and it will barely take up any space in the car.

Less Expensive

Inflatable boards are less expensive. A paddleboard is awesome, yet some can easily run a thousand dollars and more. For someone who paddles all the time, it’s a fantastic investment, and well worth it. But, if you are only going to use your board at the lake a handful of times a year, an inflatable board is a much more economical choice.

More Durable

Yes, inflatable boards are durable! When I think of inflatables, a pool float or raft pops into my head. But, when it comes to paddleboards, these inflatable boards are made of heavy duty durable materials. The board doesn’t bend or give in the middle, instead it stays really sturdy the entire time you are on it.

Easy to Store

Inflatable SUP boards are really easy to store. Just like with traveling, a lot of people don’t have the garage or storage space to proudly display their SUP board. So, the fact that an inflatable deflates is a huge bonus, it can be tossed in the closet, or even under the bed during the months that it is not going to be used.

Inflatable SUP Technology

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Worried your inflatable isn’t durable? Check again.

Advancements in technology has been great for stand up paddleboarding as well. Since SUP is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, it only makes sense that a lot of traditional board manufacturers are starting to take a long hard look at how to make inflatable counterparts that are going to be stable and durable for those who are looking for an alternative to a regular paddleboard.

What makes today’s inflatable paddleboards so different and much more durable than some of its counterparts is the construction. The inflatable boards today are made with very heavy duty rubber or PVC, this makes them much less likely to be able to be punctured.

In addition to that, most of the higher quality inflatables are going to have multiple layers of rubber, PVC and polymer, this makes the board really durable. You are not going to stand on the board and find that your feet sink in, or the stability suddenly becomes different depending on where you are on the board.

Also, keep an eye out for boards that have a UV protection coating. Since you are going to be using your inflatable board out in the sun, you absolutely want to make sure it is protected. Since the sun can really bake plastic or rubber, this added layer is going to be able to add years of protection to your board.

Movement in the Water

One of the biggest knocks of inflatable paddleboards is that they aren’t as maneuverable in the water as a standard SUP board. Because they are made of plastic or rubber, they won’t have those sleek edges that a typical board has, meaning it won’t cut through the water as fast.

tower inflatable paddleboard racing

This racing inflatable paddleboard is really maneuverable and fast.

However, this statement isn’t quite as true as it might have been in the past. Yes, an inflatable board won’t be quite as maneuverable or as fast as a typical board, but it hardly means you are going to be riding a log in the water.

The technologies today have dramatically increased the speed and maneuverability of boards. Many inflatable boards now are designed to even have slight rockers in their design, and others come with fins as well. Both of these features mean that an inflatable SUP is going to be able to handle much better in the water.

As you can see, inflatable boards are legit now. So, if you are someone who has been debating on getting a traditional SUP board for a while, but haven’t pulled the trigger because it doesn’t meet your exact needs, consider an inflatable SUP. You might find this a perfect fit for you.

Photos: Tower Paddleboards

A Guide to Women’s Paddleboards

Not All Paddleboards are Created Equal

Let’s face it, when it comes to most pieces of sporting equipment, women just make do with what men end up using, even though sometimes they are larger and heavier than what a woman would really need.

In some sport’s women’s equipment is getting more specialized, women golfers, for instance, now can use clubs that are shorter, lighter and have a different bend to the shaft than their male counterparts.

So, as you can see, there is a lot more to giving women a great piece of sporting equipment than just making it pink and calling it a day.

paiwen paddleboards for women

A paddleboard can be light, sturdy and pretty, too.

And the same holds true with stand up paddleboards.

Of course, women can use a paddleboard designed for a man, and for the most part, won’t have any issues. But, some women are more interested in finding paddleboards made by companies that directly suit their own needs and wants. That’s where women’s paddleboards come in.

How to Choose a Women’s Paddleboard

One thing you’ll notice when getting started with stand up paddleboarding is that sup boards are huge, it is not uncommon for some models to be 12 feet or longer!

That’s a lot of board to carry, especially if you are on the smaller side.

For most men, having a long board isn’t much of a problem, generally men have both high levels of arm strength and longer arms, so grasping the board at the carry handle is no big deal.

However, if you are a shorter woman, say 5 feet, then being able to comfortably tuck your fingers into the carry handle might be a lot more difficult on a board that is 38 or 40 inches wide.

So, that is going to be a major consideration. After all, how often are you going to want to get out and spend time paddleboarding if it’s a massive pain in the ass to get your board out to the water because you can’t carry the board, right?

In the past, many women simply looked to smaller boards in order to get their fix out on the water. But now, there are a number of brands that are focusing on making sup boards specifically for women.

The Best of the Women’s Paddleboard Brands

There are a few brands out there that have realized it’s really important to focus on both men and women when making paddleboards, especially as the sport has been growing. But there is one that really shines when it comes to paddleboards for women.

Paiwen

paiwen womens paddleboards

A women’s paddleboard should be easy to carry.

In my experience, Paiwen makes some of the best women’s paddleboards out there. Since the company is run by women, they intimately know exactly what some of the challenges women paddleboarders face.

The boards feature a couple of women specific features:

  • Paiwen boards are really light, at only 28 pounds, they are some of the lightest on the market
  • Paiwen boards are much more women friendly with their specs, so the boards are only 10 feet long, 32 inches wide and 4.5 inches thick, this makes the board light and manageable for women, but still provide a ton of stability
  • Paiwen boards have a decidedly feminine look, the boards are rounded and have much more classic feminine designs
  • Paiwen paddles are made to have smaller handles, to accommodate smaller hands, and work for women who are much smaller in stature

Pretty cool, right?

Just by paying attention to these details, Paiwen has been having a ton of success with women and have found more than a few fans for life!

Once you start searching for paddleboards, you are going to be able to see which boards are going to work best for you. Take the time to consider some of your own specific requirements and levels of comfort before you choose which board you want. And, if you can, try testing out a few boards, you might find a specific size is just perfect for your needs.

For all the ladies out there, do you have a paddleboard for women, or a smaller men’s board? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

5 Paddleboard Yoga Poses to Try

Paddleboard Yoga Begins

Paddleboard yoga is a very hot new trend out there. In fact, it’s not uncommon for most of the outfits that offer paddleboarding rentals or lessons to now have a class or two on how to do yoga on a paddleboard.

It’s sort of easy to see why it is so popular. First, you have paddleboarding, which is an awesome work out, tons of fun to do, and can be done by people of all ages, sizes and shapes.

Then, you add in yoga, a fitness “trend” that has been growing in popularity for years and is now being practiced by a wide number of people. There are thousands of men and women who are paddleboard yoga pros right now, after years of working on it. So, why not take it to another level and do the yoga on a slightly unstable board?

Poof! Thus, the marriage of paddleboarding and yoga was born.

How to Get Started

While, for the uninitiated, it might seem a bit daunting, paddleboarding yoga is pretty beginner friendly. If you are unsure about it, consider taking a class or group session. There you are going to find an instructor to help, and a couple of friendly enthusiasts who will be able to offer you plenty of support.

But, for our purposes, let’s imagine you are going to go about this alone.

Here are to paddleboard yoga poses to give try next time you are out on your board. You never know, it’s pretty easy to get hooked with these types of things!

Downward Facing Dog

Let’s start things off with something easy, shall we? The downward facing dog might be the most stable of all the poses you can do on your board, so start by giving this one a try. If you want a bit more stability, spread your feet apart so they are just at the outer edge of the board.

Warrior

Another of the easier poses. Make sure that you are centered on the board and that the middle of your body is actually right over the most stable part of the paddleboard, which would be right about at the handle. If you feel a bit unstable, keep your back leg’s knee and shin on the board.

Bridge Pose

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Photo: The Clymb

Now, that we’ve got a few poses down, let’s kick it up a notch and switch positions on the board. Try out the bridge pose. Once again, work on keeping the center of your body over the middle part of the paddleboard for that extra bit of stability. With this pose you’ll really start to impress!

Seated Twist

paddleboard yoga seated twist

Photo: DNA Info

Need to sit down? Ok, let’s move on to the next pose. This one is a little bit easier and is called the seated twist. This will give you a chance to sit down on the board and take in a bit of all of that natural beauty around you while you pose. After you twist to one side, be sure to switch and do the other.

Crow Pose

Ok let’s try one that is a little bit more challenging. This is called the crow pose, it may look hard, but you can do it! Simply make sure your body is centered right over the handle of the board. Then spread your feet wide apart to make sure you have plenty of stability, from there give it a shot!

There you have it, five paddleboard yoga moves to get you started. Give them all a try next time you are out on the board, or work one by one, pretty soon you’ll be good enough to impress all your friends, and be in fantastic shape!

Do you paddleboard yoga? Let us know what some of your favorite poses are!

5 Beautiful Paddleboarding Destinations

Two things we love in this world: paddleboarding and vacations. So what better than combining them into one event! I’m sure you know exactly what I mean.

With an inflatable paddleboard it’s easy to travel with your own board to some of your favorite locations, simply deflate, throw in a duffel and you are good to go. Or, many resorts and even towns also offer stand up paddleboard rentals for as little as a few hours, or as long as a few days. But, if you are a true pro and travel with your own sup board, any of these spots are going to be perfect to visit.

One thing I love to do when I take vacation is always try to spend one week on a total relaxation holiday. No running around trying to fit in a ton of events, just simply hanging out, reading my Kindle, enjoying the sunset, and maybe a tasty beverage or two (or three).

So, there is no excuse not to get out there and really enjoy some paddleboarding while you are out on vacation. After all, celebrities love paddleboarding, so why not the rest of us too!

I’ve been planning a vacation for a while, so why not showcase some of our dream paddleboarding destinations for your next vacation. Let’s let started!

Top Beautiful Paddleboarding Destinations

Hawaii

Ahhh, Hawaii, can’t beat a sunset like that can you? Since Hawaii is the home of paddleboarding, there are plenty of rental opportunities around from both local beach rentals and resort hotels. Spend an afternoon out on the water and enjoy a relaxing paddle around the beaches, pack a little lunch and it will make for a truly spectacular day.

Florida Keys

Having been to the Florida Keys a bunch of times, it’s an incredible place to vacation. Not too far from many spots on the East Coast, and yet you truly do feel like you are in a tropical paradise. Key West isn’t known for it’s beaches, but it does have a number of inlets, mangrove lined canals and beaches to get that stand up paddleboard out on.

Lake Tahoe

Didn’t think you can paddleboard on a lake? Well think again. Not only is Lake Tahoe stunningly beautiful (look how crystal clear that water is), but paddleboarding is exploding in popularity in the area. So, it is actually really easy to find places to rent some paddleboards, and a clam spot like Lake Tahoe is a perfect place to give it a try for the first time.

Cape Cod

It might not be the most tropical of destinations, but Cape Cod is one of the best areas in all of New England to explore stand up paddleboarding. The waters off the cape provide for a traditional New England style vista, sandy beaches perfect for bonfires and all those other traditional summer events we grew up loving as kids.

San Diego

There are few places on Earth like Southern California. It’s easy to see why so many people flock to the area on vacation, it offers a great city life but also beautiful beaches and perfect weather pretty much the entire year. Paddleboarding first migrated from Hawaii over to Southern California so it has been quite popular there for a long time.

So what do you think? A pretty good tour, right?

There are plenty of great spots to stand up paddleboard all over the world, which we’ll be covering in some future posts. But, if you want to get started in the United States, these five places are going to be a great place to start.

If you’ve been to any of these spots and done some paddleboarding, we’d love to hear about it, let us know where you went and your recommendations down in the comments!

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