MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Waves crashed into the harbor of the Gottschalk Marina aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, sweat dripped from a paddleboarder as he floated on the New River performing a multitude of exercises.
Before heading to the docks and paddling out for board exercises in the 81 degree weather, Dennis J. Yeddo, fitness facilities manager, fitness branch, Semper Fit division, Marine Corps Community Services, set up a circuit course of kettle bell swings, ropes, sand bag presses and weighted lunges that pushed him physically on land.
Paddleboarding consists of participants standing on floats similar to surfboards and use a single paddle to move across the water.
“Paddle Fit Boot Camp is a mixture of paddleboarding and fitness together,” said Yeddo. “We will do a combination of land exercises, through a circuit course and get a good workout from that. Then, we’ll take them down to the water for some paddleboarding and incorporate exercises on the paddleboard. The land and paddleboard workout gets them paddle fit.”
This is the first time the Outdoor Adventures and the Semper Fit division teamed up for classes featuring land and water workouts combined.
In order for instructors to conduct classes, they need level one certifications from the World Paddleboard Association, said Marybeth A. LeMarie, recreation specialist for Outdoor Adventures and the Gottschalk Marina.
Currently, there are 14 certified instructors in Semper Fit.
“We kicked off these workouts in May. It’s a great concept if you’re into fitness and want to learn about paddleboarding. We have a lot of people who have never paddleboarded before come out and try these workouts,” said LeMarie.
People interested are recommended to take the paddleboard introduction class before attending one of the workout sessions.
LeMarie said participants will be more comfortable on the board during the fitness classes after having some time paddling out on the river.
LeMarie added, “This is a new sport to the area, and it’s been well received with the local community and service members.”
More than 50 MCB Camp Lejeune residents and service members completed the workouts since the paddleboard exercising classes started in May.
The Paddle Fit Boot Camp workout is held every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gottschalk Marina. The workout costs $7 and is open to all Department of Defense identification card holders ages 16 and older.
Participants are encouraged to bring a towel, drinking water and civilian clothes to change into after the workout.
Outdoor Adventures hosts the different workouts through Sept. 24.
Advanced registration is advised, but participants can register and pay at the Outdoor Adventures Office at the Gottschalk Marina.
The workouts are first come, first serve courses.
For more information about paddleboarding classes or the paddleboard fitness workouts, call Outdoor Adventures at 451-1440 or visit www.mccslejeune.com/outdoor.