Tips for Becoming a Stronger Paddler

One of the best ways to become a stronger paddler is to just go out there and paddle. Nothing beats hands-on training and endurance. But if you are really serious about becoming a stronger paddler, then you can do some strength training complemented with supplements. Here are some tips for becoming stronger paddler.

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Paddle. Like what we’ve stated earlier, nothing beats getting your hands wet by actually paddling and training yourself. You’ll then be able to determine which part of your body you’ll need to work out in order to improve your paddling strength. If you have the time to go into the water and paddle, don’t hesitate! Repetition is the key to success and there’s nothing that beats paddling itself to train your body to become a stronger paddler.

Cardio. If you didn’t know, paddling is a cardio exercise. That means anything that improves your cardiovascular strength can also help you become a stronger paddler. Running, cycling, aerobic workouts and even just walking your dog are cardiovascular workout. In addition to that, cardio workouts boosts endurance, allowing you to paddle more and gain more strength!

Workout. Although paddling is the best way to make you a stronger paddler, you can’t just be paddling all the time. But there are certain workouts that can help you improve your paddling strength and keep your muscles lubricated to prevent performance degradation. There are multiple workouts that can help you become a stronger paddler and also to maintain your muscles. Here are some exercises to become a stronger paddler.

  • One arm lateral pull downs – Your feet shoulder width apart and your position balanced your arm by your side and its opposite at head height on the cable machine. Pull down the cable and then do the other arm, repeat the cycle. This is a great exercise to improve core and paddle strength.
  • Triceps pulls – with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, stand facing away from the cable machine and hold the cables or resistance bands over your shoulder. Pull your hands forward until they extend in front of your head. Once fully extended, maintain your body position for a while before slowly returning to the starting position. This is a great exercise to strengthen your triceps.
  • Bosu ball kettle swing – stand on a bosu ball with your legs shoulder-width apart in a slightly crouched position, your back straight and your hands holding a kettle bell between your legs. Swing the kettle ball forward, upward up to head level while maintaining a straight arm, back and body balance. Return to the starting position and then repeat. This is a full body exercise that develops strength and stability in the shoulder and core.

Those are just some of the basic workout to help you become a stronger paddler.

Start Paddle Boarding, Stay Fit!

Exercise on Paddle BoardI grew up in a small California community that had access to a beautiful lake that I always enjoyed spending time in. My parents owned a little cabin on the lake and there we had access to canoes, kayaks and other equipment to be used in the water. I would always have  friends over in the summertime to stay for weekends or even weeks to play out on the water, exploring every cove of the lake and just having a really great time. Back then, I had never even heard of Paddle Boarding but now it is one of the fastest growing sports in North America.

The reason for its success I think is because it is such a great exercise option for those looking to get out on the water and enjoy the sunshine. It is also very social which is also a big draw for people who are looking to participate in an activity which is both physically demanding and fun. I spent an afternoon with a group of young adults from a local community group and we hit the beach to try out paddle boarding and although I had done it many times before, it was amazing how much fun it was for everyone including first timers.

Often times when a sport or activity is challenging from the get-go it leaves a lot of people out who feel too intimidated to participate. An example of this would be tennis which has a very steep learning curve from the beginning which makes it hard for people to connect with the sport right away. Paddle boarding however is quite simple in concept which allows people to try the sport who might never have looked at water sports as an option.

The other thing I really like about paddle boarding in particular is how great of an abdominal workout it is. When you’re standing on the board, you are forced to activate your core and as you paddle, maintaining a strong core becomes increasingly more of a challenge especially as a beginner. If you begin to lose control, you’re probably going to lose balance and might end up in the lake! The best part about ending up in the lake is that it’s probably the most refreshing thing on a hot day that often times, paddle boarders will jump off of their boards just for fun.

Paddle boarding is one of my favorite activities nowadays and one that I hope you will explore to as it’s allowed me to stay fit!