Among watermen, Dave Kalama is a guru, reverently pushing the limits of his body. One of the first to develop tow-in surfing in the mid 1990s at the famous "Jaws" break, Kalama was pulled by a jet-ski into 60-foot monsters, only to emerge purified, ecstatic. In the past 20 years, he has revived the ancient Polynesian practice of standup paddleboarding through an ethos of exploration, perseverance, and humble nobility. He offers thorough technique advice on his blog, "A Waterman's Journal."
Five years ago, Kalama paddled across every major channel of Hawaii and cycled over every island. The man is an endurance powerhouse. We recently caught up with Kalama the day after a 32-mile race from the island of Molokai to Oahu, to find out how he trains for his standup challenges.
Paddleboarding, Kalama says, demands total body fitness. A proponent of the basics school, he opts for compound bodyweight exercises on the beach over the claustrophobia of gyms. To get all-around ripped in a more organic way, find some sand, and your limits, with Dave Kalama's ultimate paddleboarding workout. Launch Gallery >>
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If you want shredded abdominals, you need less than 10-percent body fat. There is nothing on this planet that will lean you out as quickly as sprinting. According to Kalama, sprinting in soft sand adds the benefit of improving your stability. "It targets your toes, your feet, your ankles, calves, and the fronts of your shins," Kalama says. "It gets all of that really strong, and that equates to board control."
If you haven't been sprinting, start out with 10 reps at 40 yards each. Add two more to your routine every time you train, and watch your body transform.
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