A Fuse for Fitness and Fun
Jun 15, 2012 06:39PM
Betty Board from Lakeshore Paddleboard Company
Written by Kristin Close
For many, stand-up paddle boarding is just a sport. But for Lisa Gonzalez, it is so much more.
Lisa Gonzalez is a 45-year-old fitness fan - but she has to be, because she is a trainer at Anytime Fitness. However, her new business, which stemmed from her passion of paddle boarding, Stand Up Paddle Board Fitness, will be launching this summer.
“When I am on a board, it isn't like any other form of exercise I have tried. I definitely think women should give it a try; not only for the fitness benefits, but for that space between your ears that needs a break.”
Stand up paddle board fitness will provide a combination of core strengthening exercises, balance training, and cardio.
According to Gonzalez, “Paddle boarding, or fitness on the stand up paddle board, will make you better at what you have already mastered. For instance, if you are a golfer, paddle boarding will not only improve core strength and your swing, but it will help you find a right state of mind. I encourage my marathon runners to train on the board to build up their endurance and focus. I teach my mom’s how to board alongside their daughters and close friends.” Gonzalez also adds, “I have trained clients with disabilities on the board as well as clients over 70 years old. Many of these clients have balance issues. Paddle boarding and performing yoga, pilates, and body weight exercises on unstable surfaces, like the paddle board, improves balance and strength."
Since women juggle work, school, kids, and a home life, there is rarely any time to work out. Gonzalez encourages all women to bring their ipod, turn on their favorite music, and spend a day doing something physically challenging, yet fun and calming.
“Not only is stand up paddle boarding great fitness, but it is fun and relaxing.” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez starting paddle board training last year. Soon after she fell in love with the sport, she starting encouraging her clients to meet her at the Marina for their training sessions.
She started out on a foam board with a large, heavy paddle, which according to Gonzalez, “was like training for a run while wearing a weighted vest.”
Women have many options when it comes to choosing a board. However, the smaller the board, the easier it will be to maneuver. A board with thin rails (the edges of the board), will be easier to hold on to when in the water and when transporting the board. As for a paddle, an adjustable stock aluminum shaft with a plastic paddle would be best since it’s light weight and can be lengthened or shortened depending on your height.
Stand-up paddle boarding is an easy and enjoyable way to play on the water. You can paddle anything from challenging oceans and rivers to calming lakes and reservoirs. There is minimal equipment and there are no waves required for this enjoyable, yet physical paddle board phenomenon.
Contact Lisa today through Facebook and learn more about her fuse for fun!