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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. 


Mental Aspects of Weight Loss – The Fitness On the Run Show S1E5

When I was 16 I fell off the High Bar at gymnastics practice and broke my neck.  It was a long and difficult come back after my neck was healed, but when I was ready to come back to the sport, it was very difficult to get back on the high bar where I originally got hurt.   By using some mental management skills I learned from a couple of books, it made it easier.  Here is a video describing some principles of reinforcing positive thoughts with positive statements, as well as rejecting negative behaviors by shrugging them off an saying “that’s not like me.”

Sport and life is related, and if you are struggling to lose weight or get healthy, you can use these tools to “brainwash” yourself into doing positive behaviors over and over again.  It really does work!

Programming is important – what we think is what we do

If your goal is to lose weight, then you need to program your mind to do processes that are going to be conducive to losing weight.  For example, set some rules, stick to them, and reinforce them as a part of who you are, your self image.  If your self image adjusts to parameters you set for it, then there is no confusion.  For example, I have some programs I run that are part of my self image like I don’t eat fried foods, I don’t do dessert, and conversely – I’ll take another glass of wine. 

So, put things in the positive, and when you do something good, reaffirm that thought with a statement of “that’s like me to succeed.”

Here's some recommended reading for you - 


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...


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…


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.  


Road Trip Vlog Day 7 - Trip Reflections and Huell Howser Impersonations!

Here is Day 7 on beautiful Lake Powell!  This is our last day on the boat and we drove back to the a cove that is close to Wahweap marina.  In this vlog, I talk to Captain Pete about his experience during this week on a stand up paddle board.  Pete had a great time and found the paddle board very enjoyable, quiet, and had  a great time paddling through the narrow canyons.  Adam also had a great time and found it to be a great workout and lots of fun. 

Robin and Greg also do their impersonations of Huell Howser :)  Fun stuff!


Road Trip Vlog Day 4 - Jon and Cari Lake Powell - Paddle Fun!

Day 4 started out on the water with Jon and Cari going for a paddle in the beautiful scenery of Lake Powell, UT.  Day 4 also marked the moving of camps from face canyon to beautiful Wetherill Canyon where Jon and Cari took the Jet ski out on a fast run through the narrow canyon.  Manuel was fantastic with the food, and what an Expert Chopper!  On the way to Wetherill Canyon, we took a break and jumped off the house boat into the warm Colorado River Water that fills Lake Powell.  The day finished with a great Photo on top of a beautiful rock mound in the middle of Wetherill Canyon. 

Thanks to SUPlove for the fantastic SUP boards!


Road Trip Vlog Day 3 - Jon and Cari Lake Powell Fun!

Day 3 on the Houseboat allowed us to relax a little more.  Cari and I paddled for a few miles and I really enjoyed  my new SUPlove Stand Up Paddle Board.  It seems to glide much more efficiently than the Naish Board I have, but I’ve never had the chance to paddle both boards in such calm smooth waters.  The Scenery was absolutely amazing.  We camped in Face Canyon in Lake Powell and it was absolutely gorgeous.  We are loaded with Technology on the boat!  WE have multiple Macbook pro’s, Nikon D200, Nikon D300, flip cameras, ect… what a place to get a good photo!


Road Trip Vlog Day 2 - Jon and Cari Launch at Powell

Day 2 of our trip started off with launching the speedboat and two jetskis, then driving the houseboat out to Face Canyon where we set up camp for the night.  We love the scenery of Face Canyon and it has a very unique looking set of rocks that have slid down a cliff and collected at the bottom of the cliff.  It is a good landmark while traveling Lake Powell, as some of the scenery can get monotonous and eventually it all looks the same!

This was Captain Pete’s First day on The Stand Up Paddle Board and he was falling all over the place.   The board is too small for him, especially to learn on, but I’m confident that in a couple of days he will get the board to work for him once his balance adapts to the conditions.  The water is plenty smooth and should cooperate.  Lake Powell is the perfect place to Learn to Stand Up Paddle.  


Road Trip Vlog Day 1 Jon and Cari head out to Needles and then on to Flagstaff

Road Trip!  Cari and I head out to Flagstaff on our way to Lake Powell for a wonderful House boating Trip.  We make a stop in Needles to pick up the speedboat with our crew, then get back on Highway 40 where we drive painfully slowly to Flagstaff for the night.  During the drive, the rig that we are following with the crew in it runs out of gas somewhere off of route 66.  A Highway Patrolman pulls over to see if everything is alright and Jon asks him if he knows if they are close to the ocean (the paddleboards are on the roof)… ha!