This weekend I had the pleasure of joining Crosstown Fitness at ChicagoSUP. I’m guessing you are probably wondering “What in the world is ChicagoSUP? And why have I never heard of this?” SUP stands for Stand-up Paddle Boarding which is a fun combination of surfing and kayaking. As noted on ChicagoSUP’s page, Stand-up Paddle Boarding was originally used in the ancient Polynesian cultures but became popular again about 15 years ago in Hawaii, quickly spreading to all bodies of water across the world.
You may have seen people out on Lake Michigan paddling around and thought “how do I get out there” and surprisingly, it’s been right in front of our noses the entire time (or under if you were hanging out at Castaways). ChicagoSUP offers a wide variety of classes including yoga and several rental options at very reasonable prices. While we just had the opportunity to paddle around and get used to the boards, next time I am definitely going back for the yoga, even if that means I’ll be falling in (because seriously, how do you not?).
As I mentioned, I did this in partnership with Crosstown Fitness – CTF will be hosting a Stand-up Paddle Boarding class every Saturday at 8 am. We started the workout with bootcamp on the beach – going through several body weight exercises 3 times for 45 seconds each. After getting a quick sweat on, we hopped into the (ice cold aka if you aren’t a morning person the water will certainly make you one) water and got on our boards. Paddling out was the easy part but once we went about a half mile out and turned around, the water was extremely choppy so I kept my butt plopped down on the board and slowly made my way back to shore.
The beauty of this class was that you could do whatever you wanted with it. We were able to try out different poses or exercises on the board, sit, stand, or just hang out. Being out on the lake provided an incredible view of the skyline and being away from the hustle and bustle of downtown was extremely relaxing. At one point, I just closed my eyes to soak it all in and got called out for being so zen 😉
If all of that floats your boat, feel free to check out ChicagoSUP’s offerings, I promise you won’t be disappointed!