Here’s my top workout gear for getting and staying in shape for SUP.
1. Yoga Mat – yoga will help you become more flexible and will improve your core strength. By core, I don’t mean just abs and back. Core includes all the joint stabilizing muscles in your body.
A mat is pretty much a staple for all exercises at home even if you’re not doing yoga. It can be used as a place to put your weights and other equipment so you’re not scratching up that beautiful hardwood floor.
Regular mats can be a bit small, so an oversize yoga mat like the one from Square36 is great!
2. Free Weights – Just a few. With free weights you can do almost any exercise out there and work out both your large and smaller (stabilizing) muscles.
I only have two dumbbells with interchangeable weights; enough to make two 50lbs dumbbells.
3. TRX – Body weight exercises are great for creating functional strength, stability, and maximizing range of motion. The versatility of TRX Suspension Trainer is incredible. No mounts necessary! All you need is a door. And its small enough to take with you when you travel. This is by far my favorite.
4. Thera Bands – Great for resistance training. Especially awesome for rotator cuff exercises. I also use them with hamstring stretching. Super easy to take with you when you’re traveling as well.
5. Bosu Ball – Bosu Ball is versatile and a lot of fun. You can do some great chest exercises, use it in combination with with free weights, and in many other creative ways in order to improve balance, increase core stability, and build strength.
6. Home made balance board – for some reason I was against purchasing a plank on a pipe for $100+ so I made my own for free out of an old skateboard and PVC pipe. It’s pretty challenging to use but that’s a good thing. I’m about 150 lbs. If you’re heavier, you may want to consider a sturdier pipe.