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Entries in fitness on the run (5)

Wednesday
May112011

TRX Rip Trainer + Indo Board Gigante Cushion 

The New TRX Rip Trainer is a great tool for training the entire body for dynamic rotational movements and metabolic conditioning.  I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with the Rip Trainer and the Indo Board using the Indo Gigante’ Cushion.  I find it very useful and relevant to training for stand up paddle surfing.  The unstable movement of the Indo Board is very similar to standing on a stand up paddle board, and the torsional strain of the Rip Trainer is very similar to the work you do with a paddle in the water.  It is a great way to train for your paddling when you can’t get to the water. 

Thursday
Jan202011

Stand Up Paddle Surf Session 1-19-11 SUP Malibu

Here's a quick little video using my gopro HD cam.  I'm on the Suplove 8'10" Challenger in Malibu...

Monday
Oct252010

Fit For Life Balance Training with Jon Ham, Indo Board, and Suplove


Fit for life… and how appropriate.

Each month, optimal nutrition puts together a mixer to get people outside and use their body… because health is a lifestyle.  The event could be rock climbing, hiking, or just exercise in the park.  This time, it was Balance Training at mission bay in san diego.  How fun to break up your workout in the gym and get outside and move! 

I led the group through a 30 minute exercise demo using the indo board balance trainer which I think is the best way to train your balance not just for board sports, but for most sports.  The unstable surface forces you to recruit so many muscles to stabilize your joints, hold correct posture, and improve proprioception, all which are factors involved in your balance.

Once the group was well versed in correct posture and form, they were ready for some practical application of the balance training… Stand up paddle.  Yes, this is the new cool thing, but it is actually a great workout which uses every single muscle in your body.  Suplove brought their line of boards for the group to demo in the flat water…  there was a board for everyone, large and small, and they all had a great time and got a killer workout in too.

This was a special day for me, since I was able to share with a bunch of strangers a bit of my life and how I train… on unstable surfaces where I have to use my body weight, and without many machines.  Some of the best workouts I have ever had have been on a stand up paddle board, and when I can’t get out and paddle… I train on the Indo Board… to make me better out on the water. 

You see, we can make our balance better.  We can strengthen the connection between our brain and our muscles to coordinate movements more effectively… if we practice and train them to do so.  When training on an unstable device like an Indo Board or Stand up paddle board, your joints and muscles give constant feedback to your brain, which in turn learns how to adapt to the situation.  The more you practice, the more you adapt.  Conversely, if you don’t train it… you can lose it.  That connection can atrophy over time. 

In all, this event turned out to be a huge success and we will be doing it again soon. 

I hope to see you out there next time…

Sunday
Oct032010

Waterman's Applied Science at Battle of The Paddle 2010 Jon Ham with Pete

How Your Sunscreen Affects Your Athletic Performance

At the 2010 Battle of the Paddle Stand Up Paddle Race.  Jon Ham talks with Pete from Waterman’s Sunscreen about how skin protections keeps your hormones and body functioning correctly during outdoor athletic events.  

Monday
Jul052010

Best Pre - Stand Up Paddle Breakfast!

Cari and I have been eating Coach’s Oats now for about a year and I cannot recommend getting in to a healthy habit like this enough.  I used to eat a bagel every day and I knew it was a terrible choice, but it was a habit.  Now, I eat Coach’s every day and made this a habit.  It is healthy, tastes great, and easy and convenient to make.  This is something that worked for us, now I challenge you to go with the Coach!  Start your morning off on the right foot and take control of at least one meal of the day, right away, every day.  

Plus, Coach's Oats is a PERFECT pre- Paddle meal!  Be sure to eat before you go out and paddle in the morning - you will be happy after a few hours that you did!

  • Habitual Breakfast – Get in a Good Habit!
  • 100%Whole Grain  “Cracked and Toasted” Has the Steel Cut Texture and taste,  but toasting it brings out the natural sugars in the grain and lower glycemic index than Rolled oats
  • No added sugar like other “instant” oatmeals
  • Lo Calorie – 220 calories per serving
  • High Fiber
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Simple and easy to make unlike traditional steel cut oatmeal 3-5min vs. 30-45 min
  • Cost effective – 2 large bags online is $8.50 – http://www.coachsoats.com