Nikki Gregg, Fitness Professional and Athlete in the Sport of Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) Takes Her Workouts to Her Water Gym.

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SUP fitness evangelist and founder/owner of NRG Lifestyle Fitness Nikki Gregg not only looks like a goddess, she can literally walk on water which is where she’s moved her “gym.” Described as the “Spokeswoman of Stand Up Paddling” by Stand Up Paddle Magazine, Gregg has created a co-ed, SUP Boot Camp designed to get participants not just walking on water but doing push-ups, planks, and other strength/balance activities on floating boards which range in size, but average 10’-12’ in length by 28-30” in width.

By creating the first of its kind SUP Fitness Boot Camp, Nikki popularized SUP fitness and more than earned the “First Lady of Stand Up Paddle Fitness” and “Spokeswoman of SUP” titles bestowed on her by other athletes and professionals in the sport of SUP

Contrary to stories of an ancient Polynesian heritage, Stand Up Paddling (SUP) evolved more recently, in the 1950-60s, in response to the need for Hawaiian surfers to be able to follow tourists into the surf for photo opportunities, and has been enjoying a second coming since consummate Hawaiian surfers, such as Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, took it up around 2000 as a way to surf “junk” waves and to work out their famously chiseled bodies. Since then it has been evolving as a sport, moving into the mainstream and onto the mainland like a tsunami picking up speed and enthusiastic fans at a rate only a few predicted. Fortunately, Nikki Gregg was one of those few.

Nikki is a rising star in all aspects of SUP (she popularized SUP Fitness with the creation of the first SUP Fitness Boot Camp in 2009) but that doesn’t mean she’s a newbie to fitness or to stand up paddling. A self-described life-long gym rat, Nikki has been training and counseling clients in health, nutrition and fitness for the past decade. She’s affectionately known for her non-traditional, “Nikki Gregg Tried to Kill Me,” style of workouts which clients gladly line up for, not only for the amazing results but also because Gregg has a contagious enthusiasm for making fitness fun. (A Google search of Gregg’s name revealed the above mentioned quote which was the title of a blog post written by a happily satisfied client. The author of the blog wrote among other things, that she complained during her workout that Nikki was making her laugh too hard.)

The addition of SUP to Nikki’s repertoire of fitness specialties occurred organically. Living and training on the island of Oahu gave Nikki the perfect opportunity to take up standup paddling as a fun, social activity but after a few months of regular SUP sessions Nikki noticed her favorite new pastime had toned her body more finely than it had been previously, and her clients were commenting on the changes. With the motto, “There is nothing worse than a boring work-out” as her driving force, SUP was a natural fit for Nikki’s life, both personally and professionally. She began to incorporate regular SUP activities into her personal training and following an overwhelming response from her clients, her vision for the NRG SUP Fitness Boot Camp was conceived. The creation of her first SUP boot camp further endeared Nikki to her clients and generated a new wave of SUP enthusiasts by illuminating the full potential of SUP fitness. By creating the first of its kind SUP Fitness Boot Camp, Nikki popularized SUP fitness and more than earned the “First Lady of stand up paddle fitness” and “Spokeswoman of SUP” titles bestowed on her by other competitive athletes and professionals in the fast growing sport of SUP.

2010 marks the second year Gregg is taking her SUP boot camps to the mainland. Designed for men and women who have at least a few paddle sessions under their belt, the two day camps are designed to improve paddling technique, efficiency and speed, as well as turning skills, agility, and balance. Additional strength training activities on the board and SUP exercise “sprints” round out the boot camp training. Each attendee is provided with the necessary equipment to participate in the SUP Boot Camp including boards and paddles. Hats, tank-tops, paddling jerseys or other gifts are also given to remind each participant of their dynamic and possibly life-changing experience. Participants can expect to have fun while learning intermediate to advanced skills which will enable them to fully enjoy the health and fitness benefits of stand up paddling. Carrie Eller a former SUP Boot Camp participant states, “I was starting to have knee problems but they have disappeared since I began standup paddling. Nikki’s training and guidance gave me the confidence to… easily paddle 10 mile costal runs. And I feel great!”

Nikki Gregg’s SUP Fitness Boot Camps are currently scheduled for the following dates and locations:

July 10-11th             Seattle WA with Agua Verde Paddle Club (http://www.aguaverde.com)

July 17-18th             Dana Point, CA with Westwind Sailing (http://www.westwindsailing.com)

July 24-25th             Santa Barbara CA with Surfing Sports (http://www.surfingsports.com)

July 31-Aug. 1st        Long Beach CA

Aug. 14-15th             Boise ID with Idaho River Sports (http://www.idahoriversports.com)

Sept. 4-5th                 Wilmington NC with Coastal Urge (http://www.coastalurge.com)

Sept. 15-16th         Seaside, Florida for Seaside Celebration

Sept. 25-26th         Jupiter, FL with Jupiter Paddlesports (http://www.jupiterpaddleboarding.com)

October 6-7th         Lake Havasu, AZ with Stand Up Connection (http://www.standupconnection.com)

To register for Nikki’s Boot Camp visit her website at http://www.nikkigregg.com or email info@nikkigregg.com with any questions. Nikki is also available for private SUP Boot Camps and Instruction.

About Nikki Gregg: Nikki Gregg is the owner/founder of NRG Lifestyle Fitness and a prominent figure in the sport of Stand-up Paddling (SUP). Referred to as the “First Lady of Stand up Paddling,” Gregg is that and more. A true, well-rounded athlete, Nikki has embraced all challenges SUP has to offer by pushing her limits in surfing, racing, and even whitewater paddling. She is a front-runner in whitewater SUP events around the country and the only woman to drop off a waterfall on her board. With a SUP fitness DVD, the first of its kind, set to be released this summer, Nikki is clearly poised to continue leading the way in stand-up paddling. Her style, vision, and passionate pursuit of all aspects of the fastest growing water sport in the world have caught the eye of several businesses which now sponsor her professionally including, Starboard (http://www.star-board-sup.com), Werner Paddles (http://www.wernerpaddles.com), TEVA (http://www.teva.com), and Sacred Surf (http://www.sacredsurfhi.com).

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