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Workout Wednesday: Paddleboarding with North Shore SUP

July 08, 2015 08:17 AM

For this Workout Wednesday, we headed down Park Point to hit the water with North Shore Sup. This is their third summer operating on Park Point, renting paddleboards and offering classes during the summer months. 

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Owner and instructor Heather Holmes says Stand Up Paddleboarding is a great workout, adding that an hour of leisurely paddling will burn a minimum of 800 calories.

"A lot of times I'll compare it to tai chi or... any sort of those slow-moving activities because when you're on that board you are engaging all these little muscle fibers on your body that you don't typically use on a daily basis," she explained.

Holmes says if you can stand, you can paddleboard. They have a wide-range of boards, plus each paddler is fitted with a PFD and paddle.

"We come on down to the water before we get in the water we use a little board on land and give everyone a little demonstration, as far as how they are getting on the board, how we are starting, and then what they do once they paddle out," said Holmes.

Part of what makes Stand Up Paddleboarding a great workout is the way you hold the paddle.

"Instead of having the paddle across your chest, you're going to reach up and over, and straight up and down. That's why it is such a great core workout," Holmes said.

North Shore SUP rents boards for $15/hour or $50/daily. They are located near the end of Park Point, bayside. They also offer classes and SUP Yoga. You can check their website for more information.


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