MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – Brody Welte of Stand Up Fitness is proud to announce that “Paddle Fit” is the first-ever Stand Up Paddle-based fitness program to be sanctioned by the American Council on Exercise. Paddle Fit is an all-encompassing fitness program that consists of a complete physical assessment, group and personal training classes, thorough Stand Up Paddle training, SUP race training and land-based supplemental training.
“To be recognized by ACE is huge,” said Welte. “We have always promoted the natural core-enhancing workout that you get from Stand Up Paddling, but this program really shows the ultimate fitness potential of the sport. Add that to the fact Stand Up Paddling is fun and very easy to learn, and you have a fitness program that almost anyone will really enjoy.”
Paddle Fit was developed through a culmination of more than a decade of experience in personal fitness training and Stand Up Paddling. Welte’s fitness training experience includes training with renowned professional athletic trainer Todd Durkin (trainer for 2-time Olympic gold medal winning snowboarder Shaun White and National Football League Pro Bowlers Drew Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson). Welte also trained and partnered with Hawaiian “Big Wave Surfer” Dave Kalama, a champion Stand Up Paddler who is proclaimed to be the world’s greatest waterman.
The physical assessment portion of the Paddle Fit program is conducted in partnership with the Human Performance Lab at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. A Functional Movement Screen is also utilized to determine the functional fitness of all program participants. After the assessments, the most significant portions of the physical training take place on the water, on a Stand Up Paddleboard. The land-based supplemental training is also designed to further enhance the Stand up Paddling experience.
Welte’s organization, Stand Up Fitness, offers a 2-day Paddle Fit Certification Course for personal trainers so that they may utilize the Paddle Fit program with their clients. With ACE’s sanctioning of the new fitness program, the Paddle Fit Certification Course qualifies to fulfill the continuing education requirements to maintain personal trainer certification.
Stand Up Fitness will offer the 2-day Paddle Fit Certification Course for trainers on Aug. 14-15 at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center (1001 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, Fla.) The fee for the course is $349 per participant and includes use of all the necessary equipment to complete the course.
Stand Up Fitness offers the Paddle Fit Training and fitness “boot camps” weekly at locations throughout the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Stand Up Fitness also offers Stand Up Paddleboards and related equipment rentals and retail sales.
For more information on training locations, or to enroll in the 2-day Paddle Fit Certification Course contact Brody Welte at 727-902-4294 or via e-mail at
Training session and boot camp schedules will be posted online at www.StandUpFitnessInc.com .