As summer wraps up (we still have another week, people!) and the barre phenomenon remains in full swing, barre lovers have found themselves applying this core workout and ballet-based strength-training approach to all elements of their day, even on the water.
Yes, SUP (Stand-Up Paddle) barre classes have quickly become a favorite way to tone up while getting a healthy dose of vitamin D.
So if you have beach plans in the final warm days ahead of you, consider giving SUP a try. Even if you can't take an official class, give these moves a shot. You'll feel like a pro in no time.
1. Give your obliques some extra love while you're doing basic paddling.
Squeeze the obliques as you take your paddle stroke, remembering to take the paddle to the nose of the board and then all the way back. Think about wringing out the waistline as you would ring water out of towel.
2. Get a thigh workout in by bending your knees.
Work those thighs as you paddle through the water by bending and stretching the legs to create a burn in your quads, inner thighs, and outer thighs—just like you would at the barre!
When in doubt, plank it out. Put two forearms and two legs down on the board and find your forearm plank position. Hold the plank for 30 to 60 seconds and repeat. Planks are the best full-body exercise, and we use them all the time at the barre.
4. Find time to stretch.
Get your stretch on while on the board. Lunge the right leg forward and left leg back, take two arms high to the sky, and then stretch the heart and the chest toward the sky. Bend the front knee over the toe and feel the total body stretch. Release this, just like you would on the mat under the barre.
5. Work your abs with a curl.
Work those abs on the board by taking your seat down on the pad of the board, curling the abdominals down so that you feel them engage and taking the body up an inch and down an inch. This will sculpt the waistline as you float along. Hold the paddle in front of the body for an extra burn. This is very similar to the curl—one of my favorite abdominal exercises at the barre.