Work Up Your Muscle!

September 01, 2017

Stand up paddle boarding; in short, the SUP is an influencing sport which is spreading rapidly among those living in the coastal areas. The fun and adventure of the game have also pulled in many tourists and outsiders to enjoy the activity, not only for entertainment but also as a fitness regime.

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The art of balancing on a surf board with a paddle against the waves which throws you out of gravity is the fundamental principle of this sport. While some people enjoy it as a casual sport, there are others who take delight in a fierce race of paddle boarding or SUP Yoga.

For a robust physique and a fresh mind, stretch your muscle by indulging in this refreshing exercise. There are about more than a dozen muscles involved in paddle boarding. At each stage of the sport, there is a quite an amazing set of muscles working inside your body to carry out the necessary deed.

            How Would You Benefit With Paddle Boarding?


            When lunging forward:

The first step taken from a neutral position is to extend forward keeping a uniform distance between the paddle and the body. During this lean, the arms are to be maintained in a straight position. The muscles which are put into action in this posture are the posterior forearm muscles (Extensor Digitorium), the curved contour of the shoulders (Deltoids), the biceps, the abdominal oblique muscles, the flexors of the hip and the Gastrocnemius muscle.

These muscles are used to have a strong foothold and a tight grip on the paddles. If this stance is not executed in its correct form, many will stumble and fall flat on their face unable to tackle the lashing waves.

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            When retreating to erect position:

The next step is returning back to the standing position heading backwards with a magnanimous effort. During this motion, the paddles are locked back in position under the water.

The muscles driving this action are the flexor digitorium, the deltoid muscles, and the dorsolateral muscle on the posterior of the arm, the triceps and obliques, the abdominal muscles, the extensors of the hip, the gastrocnemius muscles and pectoralis minor. Sustaining this stance is crucial to all the muscles in work and pushing forward is equally important.



            When relaxing until the next stroke:

Before repeating the first step again, there is an appreciable amount of power released in the neutral position. While this course occurs, the arm muscles relax. But the lower leg and foot muscles are still at work to maintain the balance in the paddle. This is the crucial moment to keep up the rhythm and continue onward to lunging forward. The tempo should be carried on to avoid tripping and falling off the board.




            Benefits For Leg Muscles

With the balance paddle boarding requires, it is a lot easier to develop your leg muscles. The leg muscles will be at work throughout trying to stabilise your centre of gravity, which means that you would get a stronger leg than ever before. This is why most amateurs in this field have to deal with leg muscle pain in the beginning if they try out paddle boarding for hours.

The full body workout sport is sure to teach you many qualities, including that of endurance. With more energy, you would be feeling less stress and the high workout will also help you get a better cardiovascular health.

While soreness is a common side effect, it does tell you that you are building upon your body strength, a reason you should not be looking to give up. More importantly, if you’ve recently suffered from an accident or injury, paddle boarding can be the way out. This low impact sport can help you build up your bodily strength without having the need to risk anything.

            Final Verdict

Usually, water sports are a delight and one of its derivatives, the stand-up paddle boarding is a joy to regale and relish. And what’s more? It burns all those extra calories you are embarrassed about to give you the perfect God-like figure you always craved in the bottom of your heart.

Paddling is fun and we are sure it’s going to offer you a great way to build up a fitter body that you’ll love.  Try now !!


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!