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Get Fit with Jodelle
Cold and flu season is not a fun one.  If you have survived this year’s season “flu-free”, consider yourself blessed. But, if you are caught right in the midst of a cold or flu, you might wonder, “Should I work out? Should I train?” Here is what Fitness Guru Jodelle Fitzwater has to say about...
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Sup for Sleep | How Our Favorite Sport Helps Fight Sleep Deprivation
Sup for Sleep  by Jodelle Fitzwater You’d love to paddle more, but your chronic sleep deprivation is starting to take it’s toll, and energy is lacking. The CDC reported recently that 35% of our nation is not getting enough sleep.  And lack of sleep has a dramatic effect on everything from your performance at work...
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Girl’s SUP Out | REI Outessa Women’s Adventure Summit
Girl’s SUP Out! “There may be no better weekend for a woman, than a “girl’s weekend”. Combine that with SUP, the wild outdoors, loads of coffee by day, and wine by night and most gals are already packing their bags for what’s known as the REI Outessa Women’s Adventure Summit. A unicorn in a field...
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3 Slimming Pilates Core Exercises To Make Your Abs Pop!
The weather is warmer, and your SUP is ready but perhaps your six-pack abs haven’t quite showed up yet. Here’s a quick Pilates-based workout I’ve put together to get them pop like an umbrella in a rainstorm! This workout consists of 3 exercises done in a circuit style. Aim for 30 seconds-1 minute of each...
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Swimsuit season is just around the corner, therefore, if you want to fill out those bikini bottoms with a bit more “oomph” I’ve got a simple, yet effective Pilates-based sequence of exercises to boost your bum in no time! And when done out on the water instead of a stuffy gym, you will reap all...
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Can Sup Help You Burn Stubborn Body Fat?
A new study says specifically says yes! The Journal of Sport Sciences did some extensive testing on both elite stand up paddlers, as well as recreational stand up paddlers, against a sedentary group and found that for sure, those who stand up paddle have lower levels of body fat. In addition to that, they found...
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I may be a little bias, but in my professional opinion, Stand up paddling is the best form of exercise around. Resistance training through the water, functional fitness by standing, and cardio + core with every stroke…not to mention Vitamin D, and fresh air to boot; something you would never get in a stuffy gym....
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SUP - Moving Medicine
It’s hard watching someone who at one point in time was so vivacious, full of energy, and smart as a whip become a shell of themselves, bedridden, and unable to tell their bodies to do the things they want to do. Welcome to caring for someone with Parkinson’s.  It may be hard for us to...
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Tips to Maximize Your Fun on Your Next Sup Session featured
Paddle-“bored” or Paddleboarding??  Paddle”bored”.  Definition:  an adjective to describe someone who tried SUP for their first few times and didn’t find the thrill in it, but rather finds themselves bored with the whole experience.  It doesn’t happen often in my experience when dealing with newcomers to SUP, but it does happen. And sometimes it can even...
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It was a dense fog, and 5:30 in the morning but I was determined. I had my 40 miles in mind, my map in a waterproof bag, a good bout of water and my favorite homemade energy bites, and a stealth-bomber of a SUP board – everything I needed to complete the honorable task at...
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I knew I got into teaching SUP for more than just the fact that while some jobs offer corner offices with a window, I get to have an office on top of the glassy, calm waters of my local lake, and be able to teach fun for a living. I knew this line of “work”...
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Attention watermen and water women, It’s sup season, and time to get those abs up to par! Now you can with sup V-ups! Three different levels to choose from means anyone (and everyone) can and should try this to trim and tone the abs! Here’s how: Level 1 Beginner-friendly: Sit on your board, with knees...
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The most fun and pinnacle moment in my SUP lifestyle was the moment I looked over to the support boat next to me and saw the two small children that I had set out to paddle for, smile and clap for me. Jayden and Brooklyn were two of my friends’ children who had been diagnosed...
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Free Your Mind and the REST Will Follow… There is something magically meditative about standup paddling. Whether catching an intense wave in some serious surf, or stroking through silky, flat water with crisp morning air at your face, your mind is able to turn off all the many “open apps” and experience a calming freedom....
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Pushups are a great way work the upper body, and specifically to completely burnout the triceps (the back of the arms). When done on a SUP, the challenge only increases especially right after you’ve paddled your brains out for a bit. So use this sequence to fry those tri’s at the end of a good...
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While eating pumpkin pie can leave you with a pot-belly, this workout using a pumpkin will leave you with a lean, mean, pumpkin-pie burning machine. Create “gourd-geous” toned muscles from head to toe with this total body circuit done with only 3 exercises. You will need a SUP, a paddle, (always good to have a...
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Carve Out Some Ripped Shoulders with the SUP “Pumpkin Perfect Arms” Exercise Grab your SUP, grab your paddle, grab a pumpkin and get pumped about getting “gourd”-eous arms! This exercise works the shoulders, triceps and biceps. Aim for 3 sets of 10-15, and pick a pumpkin that’s between 5-10 lbs. To begin: Stand on your...
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In case you still have your uncarved pumpkin laying around…Here are 5 exercises you can do on your SUP using only a pumpkin for some great fall fun! [author image=”http://standupjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Jodelle-Fitzwater1.jpg”>Jodelle Fitzwater “Jodelle Fitzwater is the Midwest Ambassador for BiC SUP and Certified Fitness Trainer for SUP TV. She is also a self-proclaimed mermaid because she...
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Paddle board Plank Punches 3
Ready to punch up your plank and add a little balance challenge to your SUP core workouts? Then I’ve got a fun little exercise that will stimulate greater abdominal strength while strengthening pecs and shoulders too! Try it today and punch up your SUP workouts To begin: Start in plank position with your elbows on...
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Jodelle Fitzwater walks through an entire Pilates on Paddleboard routine. By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including: Improved core strength and stability. Improved posture and balance. Improved flexibility. Prevention and treatment of back pain
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Looking to tone the bag of your arms so there is no jiggle in your “waving goodbye”? Well along with a nice steady paddle session, look no further than these simple and fun exercises you can do the next you hit the water! SUP Side-lying Presses Begin by laying on your right side with your...
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What is a “Burpee”? Well, aside from being a really fun word to say, it’s also a really fun exercise to try, and an effective overall total body sculpting move that also doubles as cardio. Burpees are a series of movements that you can do in sets of 5, 10, 15, or even more depending...
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In this segment from the ‘Facing Waves’ TV series, we visit personal trainer, Yoga instructor, and obsessed stand up paddleboarder Jodelle Fitzwater in her home town of Branson, Missouri. Check out her perspective on the sport and check out the beautiful scenery.
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Are you hip to the SUP jive? It’s hip to SUP! And this hip and thigh focused workout will help you slip into those board shorts with ease and (no love-handle overhang). Try these four fun exercises the next time you hit the water and remember: it’s all in the hips! Begin with a warm...
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“Two-toned” Arms SUP Sequence It’s certainly no surprise that SUP works your core, but as we all have experienced when paddling, your arms are certainly carrying their fair share of the stroke involved as well. With this sequence done in a circuit-style fashion with paddling, you will taking the next step towards a nice sculpted...
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