Stand up paddleboarding is a fantastic way to get on the water, exercise and enjoy the glide but it can be hard on the body. Especially the harder you push your boards hull speed. Stand up paddleboards are not the fastest vessel on the water. At over 26″ wide for most boards, there is a lot of drag and for the people trying to get the most speed possible out of your board, it takes its toll on the body. We have experienced numerous nagging injuries from our years of racing, especially in the early years, as boards were really slow!
As crossfitters we understand the benefits of mobility and we have been huge fans of Kelly Starrett since starting crossfit in 2008. I am very happy to see him in this article with SUP the mag. Kelly is a paddler so he really understands what we can put our body through while searching for more speed on our SUP. Kelly is straightforward and tells it like it is and the bottom line is if you want to go faster you need to be more efficient and to be more efficient you need to understand the techniques of the stroke but also be physically mobile enough to practice those understandings. Follow Kelly’s blog, http://www.mobilitywod.com/ for great tips on mobility!
Check out this great video Kelly put out…..
Today’s community episode is a quick glimpse of how we apply the principles of our system to even esoteric-fringe sports like stand-up paddling. The movement/physiologic principles of the body are applicable to any position or sport. Why do we hammer foot position and not collapsing your ankles on silly exercises like box jumps and double-unders? Because moving well is moving well. What’s the point of learning how to screw your feet into the ground when you squat if you don’t also do it in actual sports? That flexed upper back that is wrecking your over-head shoulder positioning? Well, it’s ruining your paddling too. That’s one of the reasons we do all of this complicated exercising. It’s up to us to connect the dots. Oh, remember when Greg Glassman said we should go out and learn new sports all the time? Well, one of the reasons is because that a new sport gives you a chance to apply the principles of human movement to a new platform. Around our gym, one of the ways we define the “best athlete” is the kid that can pick up the new skill the fastest. Take what you know, map it onto a new sport, and don’t forget what you already know and are good at.