July 31, 2013 Leave a comment
For this class review, I learned how to stand-up paddleboard and then took an advanced SUP fitness class all in the same morning.
This review appeared in Active Life DC in July 2013.
Class review: Stand-up paddleboarding fitness
Steve Benkert dreams about stand-up paddleboarding workouts.
At least that’s what he told his class of intrepid paddleboarders one recent Saturday morning on the banks of the Potomac River. Judging by his free-form approach to the workout, I’d guess he was telling the truth.
Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a decades-old but newly trendy watersport that looks like surfing but is typically done on relatively calm water and with a long paddle to propel the board forward.
As if standing upright while balancing on foam board and negotiating wind and currents were not enough, Benkert and his team at DC Surf Company have taken the sport up a notch — adding push-ups, side planks, lunges and even burpees to the SUP experience.
The new class, SUP Fitness, is run out of Key Bridge Boathouse on the Potomac River, and has been making waves in the Washington, D.C., fitness scene all summer. It’s a popular installment in the city’s alternative fitness line-up, allowing sweat-cravers to sidestep the gym in favor of a more scenic workout. …
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