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Mobility tip of the Week

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, 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.



Shoulder stretches

Being a paddler I have very tight shoulders and at times it messes with my technique. Check out this link to help loosen up the shoulders!

Daily workout, December 3rd. – Recovery

Today is a recovery day so get out but keep the heart rate low, focus on technique and have fun with your work out. Also try and get some yoga or some kind of stretching in today. Check out Mobility WOD for great ideas on specific area pains and gains.


45min @ 50%, row, sup, oc, run, bike, swim…….

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Lots of thought about my good friend @banfieldjr.charlie while racing #Surfski @seatreksausalito Charlie was the paddlers paddler always participating in different races and racing different paddle craft. He and I would push each other constantly to paddle things that we were not used to and getting out of our comfort zones. It was tough paddling a Surfski for almost two hours and racing against some fast guys and girls but I thought about Charlie a lot and it helped push through the hard times. I miss the #gorillapaddler thanks Charlie for sending me som Gorilla Strength to paddle hard and take home a 🥉! #gorillastrong @teamoceanofhope Jaxi showing me how to strum! #ukulele #lessons from my 5yr old Amazing day on #donnerlake doing some #Surfski #paddling getting ready for the @seatreksausalito race @epickayaks #epicv10 slicing and dicing! #paddleeverything #rideeverything Back in #tahoe @watermanslanding and getting ready for @seatreksausalito #surfski race #paddleeverything #epickayaks Thanks Hawaii it was fun! Now back to the mountains #notready Recovery day 2 post Molokai #outrigger #worldchamps two days after a major workout or super hard race is usually when the body is hurting the most and I am feeling it for sure. I’m looking forward to getting back on the water today. I’ve been applying @doterra deep blue cream to my sore spots and I am feeling really good! Thanks @anikwild for being recovery guru and giving me the right stuff to recover fast! Hit Anik up and ask her about other amazing @doterrascience #doterra #recovery #essentialoils #traindifferent #wildlifestyleproject Pre paddle prep on Molokai consisted of jumping in the 💦 #ocean #cliffjumping Molokai to Oahu #outrigger #worldchamps #doneanddusted thank you to everyone for the thoughts, comments and help to make this dream come true! E Ku I Luna Northern California paddled hard and I’m proud to have been apart of the crew! Can’t wait to do it again, training starts next week! Really looking forward to paddling the channel of bones tomorrow with a bunch of great guys from Northern California!