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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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.