Last year, while in San Diego, I tried SUP (Stand-Up Paddle Board) for the very first time. My best friend and I took a class of SUP Yoga at Bliss Paddle Yoga and loved every minute of the experience. SUP isn’t that difficult, but your body is always in action since it’s trying to maintain it’s balance. Because of this, your abs tend to feel sore the next day, which I found pretty great. Obviously, the additional challenge makes the practice of yoga positions harder than usual but it’s a great experience and a great change to traditional yoga classes.
This weekend, I decided to head back to a SUP class and tried SUP Fitness in my hometown of Mont-Tremblant. A new company, Pop Yoga & SUP, was giving classes on Lac Tremblant I wanted to try. Saturday morning, I headed out to the lake with a friend, we were a little disappointed because there was a light rain, but still had a ton of fun.
The class started out with a light warm-up on the beach including some stretches and jumping-jacks to get our heartbeat up. Then, we headed out on the lake for 10 minutes of SUP to get to the spot where we’d anchor our boards and have the class. Once there, we did some push-ups, mountain climbers, leg raises and planks. We finished off with some stretches on the board. The sequence was active enough and allowed me to catch a light sweat. The next morning though, ayayayay! My abs, shoulders, love handles and legs were sore, proving SUP really challenges all your body.
I strongly recommend heading to either a SUP Yoga or SUP Fitness Class during the summer. These classes are a great workout and are a welcomed change from usual fitness classes. I was lucky enough to do both classes with a light breeze, if you’re a beginner the wind is definitely a factor as it will make it harder for you to come back to shore and make your arms work extra hard. Be sure to bring a towel and a bottle of water, you’ll need both once you get to shore.
Have you ever tried a SUP class?