Getting In Shape For Stand Up Paddle Boarding Before Your Antigua Arrival



Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most physically demanding types of sport, burning about 800 per hour on average. This is probably one of the reasons this water sport has risen in popularity quite fast since its introduction not so long ago. It looks easy, but it’s actually challenging. Keeping your balance on top of the board and controlling its movement are difficult tasks. You will know when you try it here in Antigua. And if you want a leg up on the competition, then you can start getting in shape BEFORE you get to the island.

That’s why you have to be fit, and being fit for SUP means having prepped up muscles. You need to have strong shoulders, arms, core, and thighs. How do you build a body suitable for this sport?

Pullups and Muscle Ups

Pull ups and muscle ups are great upper body builders. Aside from a pull up bar, you don’t need any other equipment. Pull ups are a great arm and back builder. Put your hands, shoulder width apart, on a pull up bar. Squeeze your shoulders. Raise your chin. Then grab the bar and pull yourself all the way up until your chin reaches the bar. Then slowly bring yourself down. That’s one pull up! Your goal is to get stronger at pull ups, so you would be able to do 20-30.

Pull ups are incredibly hard for beginners. Even those who have been in the gym for a while may have difficulty performing a single pull up. If this is the case, then try doing rows or doing negative pull ups.

Once you have built decent strength for pull ups, you can start progressing into muscle ups. Muscle ups don’t only build the back and biceps. They also build your triceps.

The alternatives are lat pull downs and triceps press.

Push ups/bench presses

Push ups are great triceps and chest builders, but most people can’t do a push up. That’s not a problem. Start with wall push ups and then progress to inclined push ups. Get stronger until you can do a single standard push up. The goal is to progress to 20-30 reps. After that, you can start doing variations, like diamond push ups and elevated feet push ups. But one of the most important variations is the balance push up, wherein you rest your grip on a weighted bar that also rests on a balance board. This is incredibly challenging. You will have to bring your body down and push it up while keeping the bar’s balance all throughout. This is an effective balance exercise. You will need this ability once you’re on the board over the water.

Bench press is the safer alternative.


Get stronger at regular squats. Start with air squats. The idea is to do them with proper form. Get stronger until you can do 20 air squats. Then squat with weights. Start with the weight you can squat in proper form for 8-12 reps. However, as a training for SUP, you have to practice squats whilst balancing yourself on a bosu ball. This is very difficult and should be done by beginners with caution, especially if they are squatting on a bosu ball with weights. Balancing on the ball while squatting is an excellent core trainer. Of course, the squat trains the quads.

After getting in shape and doing some SUPing at the beaches here in Antigua, you just might find out that you love this sport. Luckily, you can buy cheap iSUPs online so that you can enjoy this sport at home too.

What To Expect When You Visit Antigua

If you are considering planning that first vacation to Antigua, then you might be on the fence about whether or not it is the best place for you to visit. That is understandable, especially since it is not as well known as places like the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands. And it certainly does not get as much press as those two places. But the truth is that you can get just as much of an enjoyable time in Antigua as anywhere else in the Caribbean. And look at it this way, if you go to a place that is a bit less popular like Antigua, then it won’t be as crowded with tourists like the Bahamas!

And sure, places like St. Barts are amazing, but so is Antigua. But you do not have to take my word for it. Just have a look at the amazing scenery and the video below and you will see exactly what you would be missing if you decide to not book that next beach vacation in the paradise that is Antigua. You can thank me later!

Packing For Your Trip to Antigua

If you have scheduled that flight or cruise to Antigua, then you might be getting pretty excited about your upcoming time on the island. I know, it is hard not to be excited about coming to Antigua. But making sure that you pack all the right stuff can be the difference between having an excellent time and having a bad time.

Before you leave from home, you should make a packing list to be certain that you get everything that you need for having fun in the sun all stowed away in your suitcase.

Probably are the most important thing to pack is your sunscreen! It goes without saying that you will likely spend a lot of time out in the sun whether you are strolling on the beach or getting ready to go for a swim or spending time out on a boat.

Another thing that you will want to look for when you are getting ready to pack everything is your swimsuit. You will definitely want to either hit the beach or the pool while you are in Antigua.

And since this is an island, you will want to bring the types of clothes that will keep you nice and cool when you’re out in the sun. Comfortable shoes are also a good addition to your wardrobe since you might end up doing a lot of walking.

A good hat to keep the sun off your head is also a great addition. You ever really notice how quickly your head can get sunburned when you are out in the sun. There are some hats that have SPF coverage built into the fabric and others do not. So, try a few different options to see what you like best. And consider something that has a wide brim to help keep the sun off of your face when you are out there in the sun.

With these tips, you should be ready to get out there and get started having a fun time on your vacation to Antigua since you are going to pack all the right things. Just be sure to leave all the water sports gear at home cause you can rent all that stuff once you get to the beach.

What Can You Do in Antigua – Water Activities

If you are planning a trip to Antigua, then you might have already guess that the list of things to do in Antigua is pretty much a list of things that you would do on any Caribbean island. Some people just come to a resort on the island and do everything there. The resorts typically have pools, private beaches and the ability to schedule any activities outside the resort that might interest you. And if you’re anything like my mother, then all you want to do is relax on the beach and listen to the sound of those waves hitting the shore all day long. Or maybe even lounge by the pool drinking rum punch till the sun sets for the evening.

And if those things do not appeal to you, then know that there are some other great activities waiting for you in Antigua.

Scuba diving and snorkeling are probably the most popular activities in Antigua. And if you are not  scuba certified, then you can take care of that while you are in Antigua! The eastern side has the best snorkeling water, otherwise you’ll want a boat to take you out for some great snorkeling opportunities. You will end up seeing a lot of great fish and a reef, if that sort of thing interests you.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of fun water activities in Antigua.

Are you interested in doing a bit of surfing or boogie boarding? The waters here are great for that sort of thing and there is no shortage of places ready to rent gear out to you so that you can do your thing out in the water. You can even do things like parasailing, if you are a bit more on the adventurous side!

Getting Around Antigua

Once you actually get to Antigua, you might spend all of your time at one of the great resorts, like the Sandals resort in Antigua. Of course, some people will want to get out and check out the rest of the island – even some of those travelers who are staying at one of those posh resorts.

Well, getting around Antigua is not like getting around the US city that you live in. It is an island, so things move at a slower pace. Some people might even consider getting around Antigua to be a bit on the tedious side. So, knowing what you are in for in advance will better prepare you for the quirks of getting around.\

You could rent a car when you arrive at the airport. That is a great way to have complete control over your transportation as well as complete freedom in terms of where you can go. Sounds good, huh? Well here is the possibly not so good part. The speed limit pretty much everywhere on the island is around 35mph, or turtle speed as I like to call it. So, while you can go anywhere in your rented car, it will take you a little while to get there. And car rentals are not cheap here! You’ll be spending around $100 per day for one, not to mention the extra cost of having to gas it up. But hey, at those low speeds you’ll at least get good gas mileage, eh?

There’s always the local bus. Using the bus is a pretty simple process. And it is also the cheapest way to get around Antigua. But, they are kind of on island time, which means they are not the most reliable in terms of leaving (or even being there) when they are supposed to be. But, if you can handle this then it will only cost you around $2 per person for a ride on the bus. Good deal, huh? Sadly, they still have to keep to that super low speed limit.

Prefer a bit more privacy than the bus offers? You could use a taxi, but do know that taxi service in Antigua is on the expensive side. Normally, the taxi is a minibus that will hold four people comfortably. So, if you are splitting costs then it is not too bad, but still more than bus (cheaper than a rental car though).

Of course, the really expensive option is going around the perimeter of the island on a yacht. If you cannot afford this, then you might be able to sign up as a crew member if you’ve got the time and don’t mind a little work.

Getting to Antigua

If you live in the USA like we do, then getting from there to Antigua is actually a pretty simple process. There are really only two ways that you can get there – either by air or by water.

For lots of people, visiting Antigua is something that they do on a Caribbean cruise. Most of the cruises that take tourists through the Caribbean end up stopping in Antigua. The port for this stop is St. John’s, which is probably why it is the best known spot for the entire island. You can also get to Antigua by water if you have your own boat or are riding on one that someone else owns. You might even be chartering a boat from another nearby island for the excursion.

Flying into Antigua from the USA (or other places) is super duper easy. The international airport is located not too far from St. Johns and you can fly there on airlines like United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta. Airlines from countries other than the USA that make the flight include British Airways, Air Canada, KLM, Air France and Virgin Atlantic (just to name a few).

Now that you know how to get here, all you have to do is schedule that trip! Those calm, blue waters are calling your name right now!

Antigua in Photos

If you are learning about the beauty of Antigua for the first time, then you are in for a real treat my friend! This is more than just another beach front vacation spot! It is beautiful beaches and waters that are the most brilliant shade of blue-green that you have ever seen. It is good food, warm and inviting locals and a laid back lifestyle that is just utter perfection.

To get an idea of what I mean, check out some of the photos below that I found on the web:


Turner Beach ~ Antigua

Turner Beach ~ Antigua


Dickenson Bay Beach in Antigua

Dickenson Bay Beach in Antigua

Jolly Bay ~ Antigua

Jolly Bay ~ Antigua