A stupid question about paddling for exercise

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Toonces, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    I used to attach a towel or a dive mask to my leash for more resistance on paddles. Used to do it on a 7' fun shape before hurricane season each year, now I just paddle a long board, no damn resistance, too much work for this old dog.

    It still feels great, on a flat day, to drag a long leash, and when I get tired of paddling, I can put on some goggles, and drag the board while swimming and diving the shallow reef. It works different muscles and the zero gravity gives your ribs a break. Then you can paddle some more.
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  2. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    For sure you can buddy. He knows me by face though. Not sure if he knows my full name. But yeah tell him i suggested it to you and PM me if you need anything.

  3. Rocketjok

    Rocketjok Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    I bought this years ago since I traveled to Eurasia for up to 12 weeks at a time and the only pool I had access to was a Russian post sauna dip pool. Cold and hell but at least I stayed in paddling shape. IF you have access to a pool it works well. If no pool available go with the yoga and a lot of swimming at the Y. That is how I rehabbed from my shoulder fracture (post surgery x-ray below)

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    Last edited: Feb 27, 2019
  4. MrBigglesworth

    MrBigglesworth Well-Known Member

    Jun 29, 2018
    Rocket, that’s not a shoulder fracture dude, that’s a shattered mess. Eleven screws and an ICP plate are serious business. Lucky you were able to rehab from that.
  5. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Hey Everyone! Its been a while- the waves at Belmar have been non stop...

    As to the OP- I have found that nothing really works your paddling muscles as paddling does, either swimming or paddling.

    I don't have the time as much as I did in the past, but I have spent much time paddling and also much time at the gym in the years prior to paddling. When my gym closed, I didn't want to pay to join another so I started to paddle in the morning. From experience, for me and my body at least, paddling will win hands down everytime. Im not looking to get a huge body or anything - but just stay in shape and be able to surf without getting tired. huge difference.

    I used a LB or a paddle board or, a cheaper version would be a big windsurfing board (you can find cheap on CL). I agree with the shortboard comment a while back, not really meant for paddling. on a bigger board you can knee paddle too and it will work different muscle groups.

    at the start, you'll be surprised what a good work out you'll get from 20 min. Then you'll be bustin out a mile or so like its nothing...
  6. 666Face

    666Face Active Member

    Nov 10, 2020
    Your arms gonna fall off kid
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  7. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    These bots, man.
  8. dave

    dave Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    if you try to distance paddle on a shortboard you're going to most likely cause a serious injury. Its like the exact opposite of what the board is designed for. It would be like taking a tour de france bike on a mountain bike trail. Or trying to shoot an elk with a speargun.
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  9. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    I used to paddle across a 1/4 mile shark-infested inlet with strong currents, on a shortboard. Had to do it to surf in certain conditions. Can confirm that this sucks and will cause shoulder problems.