A quickly-growing trend in fitness, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP-ing) is a perfect mixture of challenge and fun. Balancing on the board fires your core, defining even the smallest muscles of your abs. Turning the board requires the work of your obliques, which is often a difficult part of the body to sculpt. The legs and butt get worked, because you have to hold a semi-squat to stay balanced. And of course the arms and upper body are challenged in maneuvering the board.

Not to mention fun! Whether you’re using the board to explore a new stretch of the river or as a floating platform for yoga, you are guaranteed to enjoy this thing. If you’ve got a well-behaved dog, invite him on the front of the board as well. And after you’re good and sweaty, dive into the water and swim around, which also burns calories.

Trust us, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is a cool way to get fit this Spring.

Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Lakeshore Betty Board – $1,749

  • Intended Use: Surf
  • Ability Level: Experienced

SUP - lakeshore betty board

 

Yolo Original Surprise – $1,485

  • Intended Use: Hybrid
  • Ability Level: Beginner

SUP - Yolo

 

Stand on Liquid Native – $1,399

  • Intended Use: Surf
  • Ability Level: Beginner

SUP - Liquid Native

Eko the Helu – $999

  • Intended Use: Surf
  • Ability Level: Beginner

SUP - eko

ATX Adventure Yoga - $985

  • Intended Use: Hybrid
  • Ability Level: Beginner

SUP - Adventure Yoga

 

NSP 10″2 – $945

  • Intended Use: Surf
  • Ability Level: Beginner

SUP - NSP

 

Cruiser Eco Dura Max – $849

  • Intended Use: Surf
  • Ability Level: Beginner

SUP - cruiser eco

 

Hovie Scout – $695

  • Intended Use: Surf
  • Ability Level: Beginner

SUP - hovie scout

 

Tower Paddle Boards – $599

  • Intended Use: Surf
  • Ability Level: Beginner

SUP - Tower paddle boards

 

Additional Resources:
REI’s Comprehensive Guide to SUPing
Self’s SUP Workout
Men’s Fitness Exercises for SUPing