triSUP – new triathlon trend with SUP

April 13, 2017

            There is no wonder why people around the globe are looking to increase their endurance and stamina. With the amount of Triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and Stand Up Paddling races, popping up in the most spectacular and unique places across the country and around the world both in shorter distance sprints and herculean long distances alike, these two traits are fundamental. Just thinking about a 10km running in the heated up jungle of Bangkok, or of the Historical Nautical SUP Paris Crossing with a world record number of 600 participant paddlers on the Seine in front of the Tour Eiffel, or cycling on the most breathtaking paths of the Thai National parks or why not, eventually planning for an incredible triSUP, a real first timer in the country. We will keep you posted through the next weeks of the first possible dates and we are going to share some training tips to make You be ready for the challenge.

            triSUP is an evolution of the classic Triathlon. It’s a multidiscipline event combining Running – Swimming or Running – Cycling and Stand Up Paddleboarding. The distances can depend on the event organisers. There are examples worldwide of different difficulty TriathSUP races.

            New Zealand is the host of the 3D Rotorua Multisport Festival which is featuring a 9km Paddle – 30km MTB – 11km Run, a very extreme open ocean course combined with a killer uphill-downhill trails and a quad and lungs proving running tracks.

            In 2017 England offers a #supbikerun a real mass participation event sponsored by Mitsubishi with 2 unreal locations and a little friendlier 6km Paddle – 30km Cycling – 10km Run course.

            But let’s take a step back to understand why to Stand Up Paddle has been gaining so much space and importance among outdoors lovers and healthy sport oriented active people, as well as among first timers to the sport or extreme ultra endurance athletes introducing this new way of enjoying the water into their everyday training routine.

            If we break down the benefits and the muscle groups activated during each sports activity there will be no question why SUP has been taking over as the ultimate outdoor action sport.

            The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently commissioned two comprehensive studies on standup paddle boarding to examine the health benefits of this non-traditional and newly popular form of physical activity, according to which if the action of paddle boarding is executed with “intent” and with the right technique, it can really result as a full body workout combining the activation of most of the muscle groups of the human body, with an extra benefit on the nerve system because of the continuous symmetrical work and balancing. One of the biggest advantages of SUP compared to running, cycling or swimming is the way it activates all the muscle groups starting from arms, all the way till your quads, calf and toes holding a firm pressure on your core, while movements like cycling and running are targeting specific muscle groups and swimming creates a different muscle strength yet is one of the most effective ways to increase our cardiovascular capacity.

            All of these sports listed above are incredibly good for your health and energy system, lets take a closer look to which are the major difference and similarities.

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             Which muscle work in eaach sport, Lets go from the bottom towards the top muscles:

             Cycling activates:

            * LEGS
            * GLUTEUS
            * LOWER ABS
            * LUNGS
            * NO IMPACT

             Running activates:

            * LEGS
            * GLUTEUS
            * LOWER ABS
            * BACK
            * SHOULDER
            * LUNGS
            * IMPACT ON JOINTS and ORGANS

             Swimming activates:

            * ALL THE MUSCLES – DIFFERENT CONTRACTION
            * LUNGS
            * ABSOLUTE NO IMPACT

             Stand UP Paddling activates:

            * LEGS
            * GLUTEUS
            * LOWER ABS
            * UPPER ABS
            * COMPLETE CORE
            * BACK
            * SHOULDER
            * ARMS
            * FINGERS
            * LUNGS
            * BRAIN – BANALANCE
            * NO IMPACT – GENTLE MOVEMENT

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            After reading through this list and knowing that Stand Up Paddleboarding offers the possibility to experience walking on the water and reach places and give points of view that you could not even dream before, there is no question why SUP has been chosen by so many people around the world.

            Combining the different disciplines is an extreme fun yet challenging adventure that pushes all of us to discover our limits and find the force in us to aim for the finish line and flex every muscle of your body building that cathartic happiness that only who Wins over his own fears and limits can experience! SUP just like running, cycling or swimming gives you the chance to pace yourself and find your own comfort zone and set your own goals to achieve!

            More news about triSUP in Thailand coming soon!

            See you on the water
            Daniel

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WeSUP is born by the group of Thai SUP enthusiasts, who are deeply enthralled by stand-up paddling or SUP. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is the fastest growing sport across the world. We want to push on it and aim to be the leading SUP Sport guide in Thailand.

Not only SUP is fun and perfect for your entire family, but SUP also has huge benefit for you. SUP opens up a whole new world of exploration, fitness and adrenaline. It's a great way to get fit, developing core strength, cardio fitness, flexibility, balance and allows you to choose your own path to better health. Unlike surfing, you don't need waves to paddleboard, you can go paddling on any open water, an ocean, lake, and even a river. If you never try SUP, Let's start!