Wouldn't it be amazing to experience and enjoy the best of both worlds: the strength and grace of Pilates, with the tranquility of the ocean? Believe it or not, you now can! Pilates Instructors across the country are taking Pilates to the water in their nearest ocean, lake, or river on Stand Up Paddleboards. These boards (also called SUPs) are the latest fitness sensation and fastest growing water-sport across the globe. SUPs appear to be large surfboards, and are propelled by a standing paddler who uses an extra-long canoe paddle. Stand Up Paddling originated in Hawaii, which mixes the traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe paddling with surfing. The result of this wonderful combination is a new sport that is easy for anyone to do. Fitness professionals have flocked to Stand Up Paddling not only because it’s fun and the cardiovascular benefits of the workout are superb, but also for the core-based balance challenge that the board provides to their clients. As the board is floating on water, the paddler must constantly recruit deep stabilizing muscles of the pelvis and spine just to stand on the board and paddle it. Taking it further, adding core-based exercises to the board will enhance the recruitment of such muscles. Hence, adding Pilates exercises to the board will enhance the challenge and benefits of Pilates. For example, when performing what seems to be a simple exercise like Leg Circles, the participant is reminded to stabilize their pelvis, and ensure that their weight is not shifting from hip to hip. On the paddleboard, the board will not only provide feedback about the unstable pelvis by rocking, it will also provide more of a challenge because the wobbly hips and uncontrolled leg movements will cause the board to flip over. The same proves true with performing exercises that address spinal stability and abdominal strength. Not only will the participant be working the abdominals in flexion, they will be firing more stabilizers to maintain the stability on the unstable board, thus making the exercise more challenging. More complicated exercises, like Kneeling Side Leg Series, for example, are particularly challenging because of the requirement of scapular AND pelvic stability necessary to perform this series properly. All-in-all, Pilates routines on the Stand Up Paddleboard are very effective, very challenging, and very fun! Our certifications provide 3 full days of training, bringing you: Anatomy of the Stand Up Paddleboard Basic Paddling Skills Communicating Paddling skills to clients Group Facilitation Strategies Anatomy & the structure of the body’s core Pilates Foundations and Board Applicable Exercises Basic Exercises on the board Advanced Exercises on the board Discussion: Safety and Liability Issues of Outdoor Fitness Programs SUPilates™ class taught by course instructor **Candidates for SUPilates Workshops must be a certified instructor in their field and carry a current CPR certification. For clarification, those who want to teach SUPilates must be a certified Pilates and/or Fitness Teacher. Next Workshop: SUPilates™ Instructor Workshop, March 7, 8, & 9 , Dunedin, FL, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You can register by phone, email, or online (click here). Please use our Contact page for questions regarding registration. Earn 1.8 ACE CEU's with SUPilates™ Instructor Workshops.
Dunedin Pilates Studio
1059 Broadway, Suite E
Learn to teach Pilates on the SUP!