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Tuesday
Jan252011

Balance Training to Improve your Stand Up Paddle Surfing!

Balance is another important component of Jon’s training program.  Because the water is rarely smooth and glassy, the wind seldom calm, and you are standing on a large paddle surf board, YOU MUST TRAIN YOUR BALANCE!  Balance is a learned component of your fitness training.  Your body learns to balance in the same way you learned math when you were a child PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!  You can’t expect to learn math magically without repetitive steps.  Similarly, you can’t expect to learn balance magically.  Female gymnasts practice myriad hours on the balance beam and even the best fall.  Thus, when you are not paddle surfing in water, you must train your balance at home by simulating the unstable nature of the water.  Training in this manner will make you better at not only SUP surfing but at almost every athletic endeavor. 

Pretend you are viewing a side of a mountain that has a winding, narrow switchback trail connecting the bottom of the mountain to the top.  This is analogous to a line of nerves connecting your toes to your brain.  As an unused trail gets overgrown with brush and becomes impassable, so is the connection between your brain (specifically the cerebellum) communicating and sending feedback via nerves and nerve synapses to the muscles throughout the body.  Your brain sends a signal via nerves to the muscles and return data back to the cerebellum so your body can adjust and maintain balance.  This process is known as proprioception.  Training your balance can also be pictured as taking a weed-whacker to that single track trail and removing the brush so you can use it.  

You must train your balance in order to…

  1. Improve your coordination, motor skills, body control
  2. Increase body awareness
  3. Prevent injuries from potential falls
  4. Maintain healthy joints
  5. Improve posture
  6. Make movements more efficient, requiring less energy expenditure
  7. Improve athletic performance
  8. Improve PROPRIOCEPTION

Here’s a video on Jon’s 5 favorite balance training exercises…

  1. Indo flow 1 leg squat with trx
  2. TRX/Indo atomic pushup
  3. Trx suspended lunge
  4. Indo squats with body bar
  5. Kneeling on the ball

More on Balance Training can be found in my FREE e-book on Stand Up Paddle Surfing Fitness Training!