Warm up exercises to help you improve your reach

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Coach Sey Chelle from Paddle Monster has a wealth of wisdom on exercises to help you become a better paddler. Check out this short video (and those guns!) to gain more extension through your thoracic spine to improve your reach as a racer or recreational paddler.

Sey Chelle:  Thread the Needle, warm up

“This is a warm up exercise version of one of my all time favorite Thoracic spine openers, Thread the Needle Pose. This will open up all the intercostal muscles (rib cage) as well as the muscles underneath your shoulder blades. Add it to the beginning of any strength training session especially before back and shoulder exercises. This exercise is great for before and after a paddle session as well.

Over time it can help to improve your reach and rotation. For a cool down stretch and awesome upper body release, hold the twisted position by laying the outside of your head and shoulder gently on the ground for 30-60 seconds on each side.” – Sey Chelle

Stay tuned for MORE tips from Coach Sey Chelle here on Standup Journal Online or SIGN UP for Seychelle’s online training platform through www.paddlemonster.com

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About the author

Evelyn O'Doherty is a standup paddle racer, surfer and yoga teacher from the East End of Long Island in New York. Her passion for watersports drew her to leave a teaching career to pursue her athletic endeavors as a sup instructor, racing coach, sup racer, and now, as online editor for Standup Journal. Evelyn lives in East Hampton NY in the Springs area where she has daily access to the water to train and teach. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.

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