We’re making a splash this June as our West Loop gym teams up with Chicago SUP, the city’s premier Stand-Up Paddle Board outfitter, to offer gym-goers a chance to head to North Avenue beach to enhance their total body workout this summer. Led every Saturday morning (8:30 – 9:30) by CTF’s Fitness Director, Betina Ely, gym affiliates can kick off their gym shoes and take their training outdoors for a complimentary workout under the warm Chicago sun.
Attendees will experience a combination of CTF’s high intensity training techniques with SUP’s hybrid of surfing and paddling through a variety of drills that incorporate cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility and balance. Each class will run for an hour, beginning with 30 minutes of CTF’s best strength training using bodyweight, free weights, TRX, kettle bells, wave ropes and more. The remaining half of the class, guests will take their boards out to the water for cardiovascular routines of standing on an oversized surfboard and paddling with a single bladed paddle.
About Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is a hybrid of Surfing and Kayaking. The concept, which was originally used by ancient Polynesian cultures, has seen a revival in the last 15 years. With the development of specialized equipment, the popularity of the sport has exploded, beginning in Hawaii, and spreading to just about every body of water worldwide.
Where are these classes held?
Chicago SUP hut is located just south of Castaways Bar and Grill on North Avenue Beach. Weather permitting.