I have gone through this book and found it full of information for those wanting to look into keeping fit on the water by paddling. Here is my review on the book.
Paddle Fit is the brainchild of full-time paddleboarding coach Brody Welte. His website, coaching services and now this enhanced digital download teach new and veteran stand up paddleboarders proper technique and a fitness regimen they can practice while they are out on their boards.
Welte was introduced to the sport of paddleboarding in 2007, while living on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. The lifetime adventurer is now 100% focused on the stand up paddleboard industry, and introducing it to as many people as possible. He also partners with Dave Kalama to offer SUP adventure excursions called Kalama Kamps.
He teamed up with fitness and sports writer Pete Williams to create the Paddle Fit Kindle book. Williams is the creator of an obstacle race training program available at www.obstaclefit.com, and also serves as editor for EnduranceSportsFlorida.com. Williams has authored or co-authored 18 different fitness, sports and business books.
The idea for the PaddleFit workout program is best explained by the Amazon description of this enhanced digital download which complements text with audio and video:
“Which of these scenarios sounds better to you: A) Working out in the sun with dolphins & shimmering waves, or B) Working out in florescent light with sweaty strangers?”
With help from veteran author Pete Williams, paddleboard fanatic and coach Brody Welte sets out to demonstrate how you can work out on your favorite body of water, creating the body and health you have always dreamed of.
Welte calls the PaddleFit exercise program the “un-workout” that strengthens your core, shoulders and hips while improving your balance and cardiovascular system. He refers to it as the un-workout because you experience all of these health benefits while immersing yourself physically, visually, audibly and mentally in a beautiful, water-based outdoor environment, something that traditional workout programs do not offer.
Welte has said that he wanted to make a digital download affordable for any budget level, and the price tag of this audio, video and text digital download delivers on that promise. (If your smartphone, computer or tablet does not support the audio and video software used to create this virtual book, it is automatically converted to the standard Kindle text format.)
How The Book Is Laid out
I find the book very easy to ‘negotiate’. The 75 page Paddle Fit e-book available for Kindle devices alternately includes more than 45 minutes of video instruction. After a Table of Contents, you are taken to a video Introduction. Brody Welte explains that every day he gets paid to wade out into beautiful water, jump on “what looks like a giant surfboard” and teach others to do the same.
He discusses the total body benefits of paddleboarding, as well as the dolphins, stingrays, manatees and fish he often encounters. A comparison of stand up paddleboarding as exercise to traditional workout programs is discussed, and this leads into the second video, titled My Story.
A brief history of paddleboarding is discussed, the author reveals his introduction to the sport in Hawaii. You are taken from gold Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku in 1920 to Welte’s meeting with SUP founding fathers Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama when the author was working as a certified personal trainer in 2007. After joining some other SUP newbies that referred to the sport as life-changing, the author new that teaching and coaching stand up paddleboarding was a viable business.
From Hawaii to the East Coast of the United States, Welte began looking for the perfect area to launch an SUP training business. Tampa Bay, Florida was where he ended up. When celebrities like Kate Hudson Jennifer Aniston began paddleboarding, his business took off.
Calling stand up paddleboarding “a killer workout disguised as play”, Welte goes into detail instructing how to properly size your paddle and choose the perfect board. Discussing board selection, you find that there are a few basic types:
- Surfing boards
- Racing boards
- Fishing boards
- Hybrid boards
Board construction can range from carbon fiber to plastic, aluminum to wood, fiberglass to PVC. The author then recommends using an adjustable paddle and renting on board when you first start out. This way you can discover your perfect paddle length before you make a purchase.
The next few videos, between 29 seconds and 2 minutes and 39 seconds in length, cover proper stroking technique, how to turn your board effectively, falling off and getting back on board, and several other SUP techniques.
Each video is intentionally short, allowing you to quickly and simply focus on a particular technique or strategy. Videos 11 through 20 cover specific warm-up routines and exercises which take place predominantly on your SUP. These are just a few of the exercises which are explained in detail in the book:
- Sand Jumps
- Inch Worms
- Butt Kickers
- Shoulder Rotations
- Zombie Walks
- Donkey Pulls
Part 1 of this enhanced digital download is entitled How to SUP. You are instructed exactly how to get on the board, and the proper stance that most effectively keeps you on the board and out of the water. This video reveals the “top of the head” paddle measurement you should make so that you grip your paddle properly.
A 1 minute video then reveals the 5 components of a paddle stroke, which include:
- Grab or catch
- Power phase
- Paddle the article in the water
Since actually paddling your board is crucial to this enjoyable outdoor activity, the author covers proper technique in great detail.
He explains that your reach is the key to an efficient and powerful stroke. This is why getting the perfect paddle length and blade size are so important. When your technique and paddle combine for a long, effortless stroke, you move more water.
You are instructed to never lock your arms in a straight position. Shoulder rotation is discussed to minimize the wear and tear which takes place from a day filled with paddling. The author even teaches an expert trick that will help you paddle perfectly.
Expert SUP Paddling Trick
Attach a piece of tape on the front and side of your board where you will target your reach. Then place another one on your board side by your rear foot. This gives you a forward reach target, while reminding you to pull your paddle out of the water at your back foot.
You are also instructed to use your hips, legs and upper body, and not make the rookie mistake of just paddling with your arms. The Waterman’s Workout and Paddle Fit routines, the 2 taught in this book, focus on all of those body parts which make proper paddling efficient and pain-free.
Who Benefits from Paddle Fit (Enhanced Kindle Version)
Paddle Fit makes an interesting purchase for a lot of people. Everyone learns differently. Some prefer watching videos to reading text. If that is the case, and you have decided to take up the popular sport of stand up paddleboarding for fun and exercise, you definitely need to give this inexpensive digital download a look.
Since the book also arrives in text form without any additional purchase, it is great for those with Kindle eReaders. This feature also makes it viewable on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. From history to board and paddle selection, proper technique and a full body workout you can enjoy on your board, Paddle Fit delivers a lot of value. The author always speaks and writes in a laid-back, carefree style you would expect from a surfer or paddleboarder. And the simple but challenging exercises you learn allow you to sculpt your dream body, while enjoying a day out on the water.
You can purchase your copy of Paddle Fit here.
Let us know what you think of the book.
Cheers! Izz 🙂