Part 2 of this TRX for stand up paddleboarding workout series focuses on balance. In this video, Pete Holman, the inventor of the Rip Trainer, guides PaddleFit founder Brody Welte and professional SUP racer Willis Lindabury Brown through a Rip Training exercise that will help keep you on your board.

Welte couldn’t stress enough the importance of balance in SUP. “Let’s take racing for example. If you’re not on your board and you’re swimming, you’re slow. So, balance is everything, it’s foundational to the sport,” he said. “Proper balance will help you generate that power through your feet to the board to the water and propel you forward.”

Holman suggests performing the Rip Kayak Row in an off-set stance, improving your stability so you can focus on generating power from your back’s pulling muscles. For an added challenge, try it barefoot in the sand.

Although the Kayak Row appears to be a reproduction of the paddling motion, there’s more to it than that. “We’re not trying to simulate paddling at all, but we’re building those foundational muscles that are good for paddling and balance. The correlation is unbelievable,” said Welte.

To perform the Rip Kayak Row:

  • Stand facing the anchor point with your feet in an off-set stance. Hold the bar with your back hand palm up and your forward hand palm down.
  • Squat down and row the bar past your front leg.
  • Return to the start position and repeat for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat on the other side.

For a complete SUP workout, check out Part 1