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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…


New SUPlove boards and SUPlove's First Sale!

They are finally here!  SUPlove has gotten their first set of boards to the US and we were lucky enough to try them out and help get their first sale!  More exciting things to come from SUPlove!  I tried the 8'10" x 28.5" Challenger model and I found it to be very stable, agile, and super fun to surf.  The 9'4" Mach1 is it's big brother and would be an ideal SUP surf board for someone between 140-180 lbs, while the 8'5" Challenger seems to be an ideal board for someone under 160lbs.  At 145lbs, I find the Challenger to be an ideal board.  


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 6 - Paddle + Play

Day 6 began with a nice stand up paddle session through Wetherill canyon in Lake Powell.  Jon and Adam take a journey through the left/east side of the canyon in to a cove that keeps going and going and finally finishes with a large boulder that has fallen and become wedged between the canyon walls.  Jon and Adam have to duck under the boulder to keep going, but the canyon dead ends shortly after.  After the paddle, the group takes a trip to Rainbow Bridge natural arch and does the hike to the monument and back to the boat.  All in all, a wonderful day on the lake… especially after the fantastic monsoon storm the previous day.  


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!


SUPlove Owner Matt Johnston with Jon Ham

It’s a small world!   Matt Johnston from SUPlove and I got connected on Facebook when Matt downloaded my free e-book on Stand up Paddle surfing conditioning.  Fast forward a couple months, and Matt moved to Huntington Beach, CA where he is developing a new line of Stand Up Paddle Boards called SUPlove.  Matt and I went out to my local break where we rode his boards and had a blast!  The SUPlove boards were great, especially the 9’4” X 29 that I rode most of the morning.  It is quite buoyant, maneuverable, stable and a very fun board in the surf.  I must say that I was quite skeptical in the beginning, yet the board proved to be much more than I anticipated and I had a fantastic time.