You don't have to be very strong to use this paddle but you do have to be prepared for a work out. I really bought this paddle for that exact reason and it fits perfectly. You also have to adjust to a "feathered" style of paddling which was new to me. Otherwise, a good breeze will rip the large blade out of your hands. However, after a few sessions I adjusted very well. The paddle is light and very strong. Well suited for that aerobic paddling workout session.